University of California, Riverside

Federation for A Competitive Economy

STEM Education


In 2012, the Inland Empire had the second highest growth rate in technology jobs in the U.S., but the region does not have the skilled labor to fill the positions or to encourage STEM businesses to locate or expand in the region.  These circumstances are evidenced across the education pipeline from K-12  mathematics scores to the number of students who persist in college STEM degree programs. As a result, FACE has partnered with regional stakeholders  to actively support innovative projects and regional best practices. 



  • The STEM Inland Empire Network provides the organizational structure that formally unites
    Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in their efforts to create and sustain a STEM culture
    promoting collaboration among K-12 and post-secondary education, business, government,
    and community leaders. The Network works with partners to  identify new initiatives that build
    on proven best practices and reflect the needs of our community, as well as locate the resources
    necessary for the Inland Empire to reach its full STEM potential.
    Click here for a copy of the SIEN handout.
  • The STEM Professionals in the Classroom Program is an initiative that pairs local STEM
    professionals from business, universities and government with local schools. STEM professionals
    participate in a wide variety of events such as Career Day, joining MESA (Mathematics, Engineering
    and Science Achievement) classes or presenting to large school assemblies. The goal of the STEM
    Professionals in the Classroom program is to motivate, inform and teach students and their teachers
    about STEM content and careers. This program, which began in 2010, is a collaborative effort between
    the UCR ALPHA Center, Bourns Inc., and FACE.
  • The ALPHA Center works with local school districts and schools with the goal of improving performance
    in the fields of mathematics and science. Through outreach and partnerships, the ALPHA Center: helps
    instructors become better at teaching the subjects of math and science; inspire young minds to embrace
    the fields of math and science and; bridge the achievement gap, helping underrepresented and underserved
    populations in Inland Southern California become educationally successful.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Federation for A Competitive Economy
College Building South

Tel: (951) 827-5425
Fax: (951) 827-5465