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Idaho Legislature and Governor Ask for $10 Million for STEM Education Fund

School districts and state governments nationwide are beginning to see how important STEM courses are to the future. In Idaho, state legislatures and the governor is calling for $10 million in funding that will go towards STEM education.

The STEM Action-Center has been created in Idaho will all hopes to foster the future workforce but it looks like there is still some help necessary in terms of keeping the center alive.

"The goal of the STEM Action Center is to also bring industry to the table so that industry would have buy-in with us," said Angela Hemmingway, the Idaho STEM Action Center executive director, according to KBOI2.

"I think this is one of the first times where we've had education, government and industry all working together in harmony...especially in relation to computer science."

Like the rest of the U.S. schools are really starting to hone in on areas of STEM to inspire and prepare students for the future workforce. There is an increase in the job market for STEM skills more so technology. Companies are finding it harder to fill job openings but by focusing on STEM courses in K-12 students may be able to gain the knowledge they need for a successful career in one of the concentrations.

"It's really about talent pipeline, and really being able to grow Idaho's economy in the right way with really good-paying positions that really help make a difference in solving national problems," said Amy Lientz, INL director of partnerships, according to the report.

Officials are hoping that the STEM Action Center will help bridge the gaps in the demand for tech workers by building a foundation at the K-12 level.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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