Ball Corporation Partners with mindSpark Learning and its STEMpath Program

The company joins a list of Colorado innovators dedicated to changing the landscape of STEM certification

February 5, 2019 -- DENVER, CO -- mindSpark Learning (mSL), a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to re-engineering education through educators with unique professional learning experiences, announced today that Ball Corporation is its latest partner for STEMpath, a graduate-level STEM certification program. Ball joins Couragion, Morgridge Family Foundation, Colorado Succeeds, Metropolitan State University, Bitsbox, and Pathway 2 Tomorrow in supporting the shift in educator certification for STEM and computer science.

The 12-month program offers STEM coursework, work-based learning externships and professional learning to educators. It is revolutionizing the way we think about STEM certification and credentialing. All STEMpath participants will graduate feeling confident in their newly-acquired advanced skill set. The first STEMpath cohort kicked off on January 23 in Denver, with 14 educators enrolled for the program.

“We’re thrilled to join such a forward-thinking partnership to bring stronger STEM education to educators and their classrooms,” said Chris Chávez, Director, Global Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Relations at Ball and Executive Director of The Ball Foundation. “The future of the STEM workforce depends on training programs like this to ensure our educators have the resources they need to adequately prepare our youth for future career paths.”

“Industry partnerships are in the DNA of STEMpath. We are so honored to partner with Ball Corporation to rethink what it means to be certified in STEM. Ball's innovation stance is exactly why they are the perfect partner for this important work,” said mindSpark Learning CEO Kellie Lauth. “They understand that if we are going to meet the needs of the workforce, we must start with education.”

The 2019 STEMpath cohort is still accepting externship placement partnerships for teachers over the summer. For details on involvement, visit www.mymindsparklearning.org/stempath-sponsor-externships/.

About mindSpark Learning

mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit founded as Share Fair Nation in 2007 and rebranded in 2017, is the catalyst and intermediary between education and industry. It is re-engineering education through educators and mobilizing diverse communities to create sustained economies. mindSpark Learning leads programs and services designed to help schools understand workforce development, participate in work-based learning experiences, foster career literacy and directly connect students to mentors and authentic opportunities at a young age. Its core areas of focus are critical to today’s education landscape and include STEM, EdTech, Social-emotional learning (SEL) and Equity-centered Design Thinking. These lay the foundation for skills that are inherently necessary for career success.

mindSpark Learning is re-engineering education by incorporating the voice of community leaders in a variety of fields - from education, to industry, to government. Since 2017, mindSpark Learning has impacted 13,074 education professionals. For more information, please visit www.mymindsparklearning.org.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2018 net sales of $11.6 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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