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Governor’s STEM Council Presents Report

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

This past April, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin formed the West Virginia Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to address ways to enhance STEM education and experiences for West Virginia students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, which will increasingly require STEM skills.

STEM workers are critical building a strong economic foundation in a wide range of West Virginia industries. West Virginia is expected to add 25,000 STEM jobs by 2018, the report found, making it an economic imperative to prepare a new generation of STEM-skilled workers to replace the growing number of retiring workers.

The Council presented its report on November 18 in a ceremony at the Culture Center.  Council Member Mark Hall of Braskem, Inc. noted that the report recommends immediate actions, including:

  • The establishment of regional STEM network hubs to lead in the formation of business partnerships, develop asset maps of STEM activities, and create regional advisory councils
  • Strengthen public awareness of the need for STEM skills to meet workforce requirement
  • The establishment of a STEM clearinghouse to develop and align STEM resources

To view the report, click here: