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STEM Premier Announces Strategic Investment from K12 Inc.


STEM Premier, an online platform linking current and future workforce
talent with recruiting needs, announces a $9 million strategic
investment from K12 Inc., a leading provider of online curriculum. STEM
Premier's platform will be incorporated into K12's nationwide Career
Technical Education programs in order to match students with
hard-to-fill careers in healthcare, IT, construction and manufacturing.

Co-founded by Casey Welch, STEM Premier's platform has proven to be an
effective approach to tapping into the future workforce in South
Carolina. The company partnered with South Carolina Manufacturing
Alliance in a proactive initiative called SC Future Makers to address
common workforce issues. SC Future Makers is addressing the ongoing
challenge of identifying emerging talent and developing skilled
manufacturing associates.

"The resources in South Carolina have been critical to our growth. We
have been honored to partner with many organizations in the State to
address the workforce challenge," said Casey Welch, STEM Premier CEO.
"Attracting the investment of a national leader in educational
technology will provide us the opportunity to accelerate both of our
companies' missions."

STEM Premier is located in Mt Pleasant, employs more than 15 people and
boasts more than 370,000 talent profiles from more than 19,000 schools
across the country. The company has received investments and support
from notable South Carolina organizations such as Home Telecom, SCRA's
investment collaboration SC Launch, Inc. and Comporium, among others.

"This investment is affirmation of the hard work being done by the team
and the impact they have already created," said Lee MacIlwinen, SCRA
Regional Manager and STEM Premier Board Member. "STEM Premier has been a
Client Company of SCRA's since 2014 and it is rewarding to see this next
phase of growth."

"Having K12 Inc., a leading nationwide online curriculum provider,
invest in STEM Premier validates the work that has been done in South
Carolina to make the online recruiting tool for students, educators and
employers a leader in this space," said William S. Helmly, Home Telecom
President and CEO. "I am pleased with the new partnership and excited to
see the exponential growth now possible from the added resources."

"K12's investment is about more than just a capital infusion, it's about
opening new avenues for students and employers to connect. That's what
makes this really exciting," stated Comporium's Executive Vice President
and Chief Innovation Officer, John Barnes, Jr. "Comporium and STEM
Premier have common goals in connecting people and in fueling workforce
development. We're pleased that STEM Premier is getting an increased
opportunity to expand its capabilities in both areas."

About STEM Premier

STEM Premier is the first online app that assists students in designing
a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools,
and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline.
Through a mobile digital portfolio, students (age 13+) showcase their
skills and abilities, receive personalized career guidance, match with
over $20 billion in scholarships, and get directly connected with
post-secondary institutions and companies looking for the next
generation of talent. For more information, visit

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