WASHINGTON – US Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) And Mark Kelly (D-Ariza) recently introduced STEM Ecosystem Strengthening Actlegislation to enhance the STEM workforce and training.
The bill provides for the establishment of a grant program under the National Science Foundation to fund the ecosystems of science, technology, engineering and mathematical sciences (STEM) and their partners to better connect communities, share knowledge and create pathways for students to pursue STEM careers.
Due to the fact that jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are expected to grow sharply in the next decade, this bill will support existing initiatives and ensure the participation of STEM organizations in labor development, education and economic planning by facilitating knowledge sharing. and better communication of communities with their STEM partners.
“Empowering STEM education is critical to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness on the world stage.” Said Senator Moran. “STEM ecosystems are effective for bringing together nonprofits, school districts, businesses, museums, universities and more to achieve just that. I am a longtime supporter of STEM education and am pleased to present this bill to Senator Kelly to support new and existing STEM ecosystems and their efforts to better reach rural America. ”
“Our legislation creates ways for Arizona residents to develop STEM skills in and out of the classroom by supporting local initiatives that help students gain the experience and training needed to work in growing technology industries.” Said Senator Kelly. “Strong skills in science and technology are critical to preparing Arizona residents for the many high-paying jobs of the future and ensuring that the United States maintains its competitive advantage on the world stage.”
See additional statements of support for Sens legislation. Moran and Kelly below:
“By coordinating the STEM school program with local industry experts working in the STEM field, students in communities with thriving STEM learning ecosystems can build social capital, look inward at future employment and internship opportunities and receive direct feedback on STEM work. , ” said Martha McCabe, CEO of KC STEM Alliance. “At KC STEM Alliance, we are thrilled with the opportunity to expand the STEM learning ecosystem model across Kansas.”
“The future prosperity of our country depends on excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as on the fact that every child in this country has honest success in these important areas.” said James Brown, executive director, STEM Education Coalition. “Investing in the capacity of regional, state and local community and STEM-oriented organizations that are committed to this goal is the foundation of a sustainable strategy to keep our country strong and competitive. The STEM Ecosystem Strengthening Act is a new, bipartisan approach to addressing this issue. ”
“This law will be a transformational investment that will enable STEM regional ecosystems across the country to bring together businesses, educational and community organizations to collectively inspire and attract millions of people to STEM,” he said. said Jeremy Babendur, executive director of the Institute of Science and Technology.
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