The JAX Current Podcast

Episode 2: The Future STEM

Our hosts Broderick Green and Tina Wirth speak with Gary Chartrand and Mark McCombs about STEM2 education, FIRST Robotics, and building the workforce of the future in Northeast Florida.

Gary Chartrand is Executive Chairman of Acosts Sales and Marketing and Chairman of the Florida Board of Education. He’s also Chairman of Jacksonville’s STEM2 (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) Hub, a not-for-profit entity solely dedicated to accelerating the growth of STEM2 initiatives in Northeast Florida. Visit for more information.

Mark McCombs is Founder and Executive Director of Renaissance JAX, a nonprofit dedicated to building FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics teams in every school in Duval County and the Northeast Florida Region. Visit for more information.

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