April 17, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recently appointed 29 members to the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The STEM Advisory Council strives to expand access to quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth. ITEEA President-Elect, Yvonne Spicer, DTE, was among the appointees.
The STEM Advisory Council began its work under the leadership of the Baker-Polito Administration by undertaking an exploratory process to determine where the Council could have the most impact. The Council endorsed four areas to focus its work:
The first meeting of the 2017-2018 STEM Council Executive Committee took place on Friday, March 24, with Lt. Governor Polito presiding.
“STEM industries continue to grow rapidly across the Commonwealth and help strengthen our nation-leading innovation economy,” said Governor Baker. “In order for Massachusetts to continue capitalizing in STEM, it’s important we continue to expose our students to these industries and I look forward to the work the advisory council will take on this year.”
“I am excited to begin a new term of the STEM Advisory Council alongside my fellow co-chairs, returning members and new additions, as we set out to continue strengthening STEM education for all students,” said STEM Advisory Council Co-Chair and Lt. Governor Polito. “Massachusetts’ STEM economy is strong and growing, and the council is dedicated to continuing our work to train students in these important fields.”
During the next decade, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimates that U.S. industries will need one million more STEM graduates than the system is expected to produce. Despite the need, the U.S. Department of Education estimates that just 1 in 6 high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in pursuing STEM higher education or careers.
“The STEM Advisory Council works to ensure all students are prepared to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in STEM fields,” Secretary James Peyser said. “The members of the Council play a critical role in determining and advancing key initiatives focused on strengthening STEM education and helping to fill the skills gap in high-demand STEM careers.”
Created by M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 218, the Council brings together representatives from state agencies, the Legislature, public and private sector partners involved with STEM planning and programming.
The following people were appointed, or reappointed, to the STEM Advisory Council:
2017-2018 STEM Advisory Council Members
* designates member of the Council’s Executive Committee
Ex Officio members
For more information, please visit http://www.mass.edu/stem/home.asp.
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