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[IER] Governor Pence and Superintendent Ritz announce STEM grant recipients
Start Date: 1/22/2014Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 1/22/2014
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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2014

 New STEM Grants Provide $9.7 Million to Support Teacher Recruitment and Training

(Indianapolis)  Indiana’s efforts to recruit more teachers into the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields received another major boost today with the announcement of $9.7 million in funding from the state’s new STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund.  Approved by the 2013 General Assembly, the grant program encourages the recruitment and retention of teachers in STEM fields. 

More than 115,000 new STEM jobs are projected for Indiana by 2018, with 40 percent requiring post-secondary education leading to an associate’s degree, and 60% requiring a four-year degree. 

 “Our employers tell us that tomorrow’s workers will need more STEM skills, and Indiana’s goal is to identify and encourage quality teachers to broaden our students’ learning experiences,” said Governor Mike Pence.  “Continuing to recruit top educators and expand our students’ options will only enhance the outstanding work of our teachers, but also help our students as they make decisions about future career opportunities.”

Administered by the state’s Education Roundtable, which is co-chaired by the governor and superintendent of public instruction, the funds will be distributed to ten organizations that submitted proposals by the November 1st deadline.  The grant review team, consisting of staff from the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Charter School Board, and the Center for Education & Career Innovation, reviewed and rated thirteen proposals.

“The establishment of the Indiana STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund can significantly strengthen STEM teaching and learning in Indiana,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. “In 2012 the Indiana Department of Education began the development of a statewide STEM education plan and this award will support additional students receiving STEM learning opportunities.”

The grants were announced today at the Indiana Career Council meeting, where state leaders and stakeholders discussed state strategies and challenges for preparing tomorrow’s workforce.

The full press release and list of grantees can be found here:

Contact Information:
Name: Lou Ann Baker
Phone: (317) 719-5524
Indiana Education Roundtable
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