Statewide STEM Strategy passes Board of Education

November 4, 2011 - 11:26am - 0 comments

The North Carolina State Board of Education approved a STEM Education Strategy for North Carolina on Thursday.

The strategy creates a coordinated blueprint to advance STEM education across North Carolina by increasing student achievement in science and mathematics, promoting public support for STEM as a pathway to economic development, and coordinates public and private resources that are presently invested or may be invested in the future to promote education in these areas.

Lt Gov. Walter Dalton and N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson led efforts to adopt the strategy, which passed the board unanimously. The Joining Our Businesses & Schools (JOBS) Commission, which is chaired by the Lt. Governor, endorsed the plan last month.

"North Carolina's economy is transforming and we must innovate to stay competitive,” said Dalton. “Half of all new jobs require STEM skills and our educational system must adjust to this new reality. This strategy calls for public schools to coordinate with some of our state's greatest assets – our universities and community colleges – along with the business community and work together to train a 21st century workforce."

With this plan, North Carolina is poised to lead the nation with vibrant STEM-based education and economic systems. Read more on this comprehensive plan.