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Innovative Approaches to Bridge the STEM Skills Gap

Strong Technology Resources and STEM Education Critical to Our Economic Future

Wimmer Solutions is at the forefront of movement to educate and involve business and government in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

SEATTLE- During the past decade, Wimmer Solutions has evolved from a staffing company to providing consulting, managed services and staffing teams as a service/solution. Wimmer is a leader in finding the right talent to meet clients' needs. And now it's more important than ever that this talent begins with ensuring Washington students get a strong foundation in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Wimmer's partnerships with organizations such as Washington STEM and Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Academy are helping to bridge the STEM skills gap by engaging Washington businesses in the STEM education movement in Washington state. Wimmer is at the forefront as a liaison that is educating businesses to better understand the importance of supporting STEM.

"At Wimmer, we feel that our company, as well as our clients and potential clients, need to recognize the value of strong technology resources for the future," said Matt Sauri, CEO of Wimmer Solutions. "It is critical to raise awareness for this need and support STEM by engaging other businesses at the leadership level and helping at the school level."

At the leadership level, Wimmer has partnered with Washington STEM to launch a STEM Business Breakfast series, aiming to raise awareness about STEM education and the workforce pipeline while forging powerful business-education partnerships. These monthly gatherings spotlight business leaders from across the country who challenge our thinking on what innovation means today. They serve as an opportunity for fellow executives and education thought leaders to connect with one another and accelerate their work.

Past STEM Breakfasts have featured Brad Smith, Microsoft; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, DreamBox Learning; Ed Fries, X-Box; Naveen Jain, Intelius; Zoran Popović, University of Washington; and Eric Fingerhut, Battelle, among others.

"Our state's STEM economy is strong and will only grow stronger, yet we are not preparing our students for these opportunities," said Patrick D'Amelio, chief executive officer of Washington STEM. "This will have significant implications on our workforce pipeline as demand for skilled workers grows. Washington STEM's partnership with Wimmer Solutions is bridging education and our economy to create impact-both for today's students and Washington's economic future."

Wimmer has witnessed this growing demand for technology workers as part of its evolution into a firm that provides comprehensive team-based solutions. Today most companies are learning to do more with less. When demand for their services or products are increasing or changing, they often do not have the resources to take on additional full time staff. The existing staff is stretched to the limits without the time or right skill sets to handle the extra work.

Wimmer now provides teams that take on clients' 24/7 support needs, such as help desk and technical teams. For example, Wimmer provides comprehensive 24/7 incident support to an enterprise software company's Cloud Service offering, including oversight/management, multi-disciplined development, build, test and production governance.

"In some cases, companies or teams may not even have time to understand what they need to resolve a current challenge," said Sauri. "That is where Wimmer Solutions comes in. We work with clients who don't have the time, money or personnel to address the challenges they face in a business environment that is always changing, especially where technology and related skill sets are involved."

In addition to its heavy involvement and commitment to STEM programs, Wimmer is active with the Technology Access Foundation (TAF). CEO Matt Sauri has joined the TAF Resource Board, an advisory panel for TAF, and will be featured as the 'voice of the business community' in TAF's video for its spring luncheon.  

Wimmer Solutions' partnership with Global Explorers and the AFAR Foundation supports low-income and minority students at TAF Academy with travel scholarships that combine the science of sustainability with a once-in-a-lifetime global experience. Wimmer employees volunteer as mentors to the program and support students in preparation for a ten-day service-learning expedition to Costa Rica exploring the science of sustainability and global applications of STEM.

Wimmer invites business executives to attend a STEM Business Breakfast and/or participate in a STEM conversation to discuss the challenges they face due to the skills gap and concerns for future workforce preparedness in STEM. To help direct investments in breakthrough ideas and promising practices that will best serve local companies and students alike, contact Wimmer Solutions at stem@wimmersolutions.com.