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New Bills Introduce Rural STEM Project

By February 9, 2015 No Comments

MREA commends Senator Tom Saxhaug (District 05) and Representative Jeff Backer (District 12A) for introducing legislation to provide funding for the Rural STEM Experiential Learning Pilot Project: “Put 21st Century Tools in Kids’ Hands!” (SF 471/HF 555).

The bills provide for one-time funding to start two consortiums of school districts in West Central Minnesota and North East/East Central Minnesota. The consortiums will develop and share hands-on, experiential learning for high school students around eight foundational tools of clean manufacturing and other high in-demand jobs of the 21st century economy.

The pilot project will include curriculum development, articulation with post-secondary degree and certification programs, outreach to local industries for job shadowing, and other career exploration experiences in the uses of these tools. Lakes Country Service Cooperative will be the fiscal host.

MREA is proud to support initiatives of member organizations to improve educational opportunities for their students. Specific shout outs go to Warren Schmidt, Superintendent of Rothsay Public Schools; Ron Bratlie, Superintendent of Cromwell-Wright Public Schools; Jeremy Kovash, Executive Director of Lakes Country Service Coop; and Troy Haugen, Career & Technical Education Coordinator at Lakes Country Service Cooperative.

Get details about the pilot project.

Read more about Senate File 471.

Read more about House File 555.