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Congressional Caucus Recognizes STEM = Jobs

Posted by Aimee Kennedy on Aug 3, 2017

Friday, we're honored to join U.S. Senator Rob Portman for a discussion on the future of education. His office has organized a roundtable discussion titled "Future of STEM in Ohio" and we'll be there. 
Portman co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus. This group of 26 senators aims to expand high-quality, rigorous career and technical education to prepare students for college and career. We’ve spoken to the group before, when Battelle Research Leader Jeff Geppert spoke to a Congressional Staff Briefing on Feb. 10, 2017. 

Now, Senator Portman is turning the focus to schools. He’s invited a series of Ohio organizations to speak about the intersection between career technical education (CTE) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. It's a smart connection. Both STEM and career technical schools share a focus on allowing students to learn through solving real-world problems.
To support this work, we're proud to unveil a new report on Ohio's 44 STEM schools. Throughout June, we worked to survey schools in the Ohio STEM Learning Network. As Senator Portman kick offs a new conversation on STEM in this state, we're pleased to unveil data from those responses.
One key finding: Last year, students in Ohio STEM schools logged a jaw-dropping 81,000 internship hours. 

Check out the Ohio STEM Learning Network blog next week for details about how the roundtable discussion went. 

About the Author
Dr. Aimee Kennedy is Senior Vice President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy. She directs Battelle’s efforts to foster innovative schools that prepare students for tomorrow’s career and college environment. Founded on the conviction that rigorous, hands-on learning should be available to every child, these efforts include Metro Early College, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network.


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