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Oregon STEM Leaders Selected to Convene in D.C. and Meet with White House Officials

Governor Brown is committed to ensuring that our systems of learning motivate, inspire and connect students with real-world application. In the recent session, she worked closely with the Legislature to pass a near doubling of investments in STEM/CTE (Science,Technology, Engineering, Mathematics/Career Technical Education) opportunities for students.

Governor Brown is committed to ensuring that our systems of learning motivate, inspire and connect students with real-world application. In the recent session, she worked closely with the Legislature to pass a near doubling of investments in STEM/CTE (Science,Technology, Engineering, Mathematics/Career Technical Education) opportunities for students. A portion of these investments went to support STEM Hubs, cross-sector collaboratives that bring together schools, communities, higher education partners and industry to smooth pathways for students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Oregon was recently recognized as one of 27 Communities of Practice through a national STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. This week, Oregon STEM leaders joined 26 other selected local and regional STEM networks in Washington D.C to exchange strategies for building equitable, real-world STEM learning opportunities for students. The education, business and community leaders who participated also met with White House officials to discuss equitable STEM education and federal STEM policy.

The 27 STEM Learning Ecosystems that gathered in Washington, D.C. represent the inaugural group selected by the STEM Funders Network for support as part of a larger commitment that will grow to support 100 ecosystems in its first three years.

“The President has called for all of us to think of creative and effective ways of getting all of our students engaged in STEM education,” noted John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “It’s heartening to see so many communities working locally and together in response to the President’s call to action.”

Read the official news release.

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Melissa Dubois is the South Metro-Salem Hub STEM Director. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.

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