“AT&T invests in job training and workforce,” he said. “We need STEM workers. We’re quite happy to be a partner of the ecosystem.”

- David Kerr, vice president of external affairs for AT&T

Learn more about the CSL Ecosystem here.

Since its inception in 2005, SHINE has placed a focus on STEM initiatives. STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is an academic approach designed to develop students’ aptitudes in areas that are critical to the developing workplace.

Jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields will expand faster than non-STEM jobs, growing to more than 9 million by 2022. By 2020, more than 170,000 jobs in Pennsylvania will go unfilled because of a lack of STEM skills.*

STEM activities focus on high priority occupations and also encompass critical thinking, health care and nutrition, advanced manufacturing, engineering and logistics, transportation, environmental sustainability, and business and finance. At SHINE, particular emphasis is placed on hands-on learning, problem solving, global awareness, and effective communication skills.

SHINE is committed to incorporating STEM-based learning into its core curriculum, special programs and Family Engagement Nights.


In 2004, the Carbon Schuylkill Luzerne STEM Ecosystem was formed, with the SHINE afterschool program at its center. The CSL Ecosystem’s mission is to give students a solid STEM learning foundation to prepare them for college and/or future employment. The CSL Ecosystem has developed partnerships with private sector employers who see the potential of STEM education.


STEM Education

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Students in the workshop of
Carbon Career Technical Institute.