The leaders of the Ventura County STEM (VC STEM) ecosystem reflect the roots of this diverse agricultural community. They can be described as essential: salt of the earth, modest and unendingly hard working. This community has historically been an epicenter for STEM-related endeavors (oil industry, biotechnology, agricultural innovations, and manufacturing) with key industries that are primed for traditional and non-traditional career pathways. We bring our community culture of collaboration and innovation and seek to intentionally learn fast by learning together. Ventura County is a natural fit to become a hub of innovation in STEM teaching and learning. VC STEM’s vision is that all P-20 students in Ventura County benefit from high-quality STEM learning opportunities, graduate with the STEM knowledge, skills, and applied learning capabilities necessary for success in STEM and non-STEM college education and careers, and possess the STEM knowledge, skills and awareness to positively impact our region, nation and the world.