The latest social-media like initiative in Lee County School District (LCSD) has students abuzz, particularly since educators are endorsing it. The plan is to have every Lee Central High School (LCHS) student signed up for Tallo, (formerly STEM Premier) an online platform which matches talent with educational and career opportunities, by the conclusion of the 2019 school year.
The free application allows for the design of an individualized career plan linking corporate recruiters and colleges to talent. It gives employers ever-flowing access to students and professionals ages 13 and older. A digital portfolio of sorts, Tallo gives subscribers not only a license to show off their skills and abilities but stakes its entire business model on the basis of that showcasing of talents. The app connects companies and colleges/universities with exceptional talent, even providing more than $20 billion in scholarships.
It is a facet of the South Carolina Future Makers Initiative, the goal of which (according to their website) is to expose and connect the next generation in the state to all of the opportunities it has to offer; close the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills gap; and ultimately retain talent for future economic development and regional prosperity.
“In my opinion, it levels the playing field for all students – (giving) students exposure to the opportunities that are out there,” says Emily Todd, education engagement specialist for Tallo. “(Students) actually find a place where they belong.”
Former LCHS students De'Ablo Halley and Emani Young-Fortune participated in Boeing & BMW S.C. STEM Signing Day last school term. It was designed to encourage students to pursue STEM education at the next level and recognize their commitments. Both students are currently enrolled in college.
For more information about Tallo, contact Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 855.765.7836, extension 725.