Senator Aaron Bean Presents $975,000 Check to STEM2 HUB !!
Senator Aaron Bean Presents $975,000 Check to Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. April 30, 2018 – On behalf of the State of Florida, State Senator Aaron Bean presented a $975,000 check to Kathleen Schofield, executive director of STEM2 Hub and Gary Chartrand, chair of STEM2 Hub Corporate Board on April 9. The funding provides much needed science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] training leading to expanded career opportunities for Northeast Florida STEM students.
“STEM education is vital to the future workforce of our state,” said Senator Bean. “I envision a Florida where all children have the chance to learn these critical skills, so they can realize their truly unlimited potential. This funding moves us closer to fulfilling this vision and provides Northeast Florida’s students with the opportunities needed to compete and excel in the 21st Century.”
Science and technology remain among the fastest-growing career fields today, creating potential opportunities for students with a broad range of demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The goal of STEM2 Hub’s project is to expand access to 21st Century Skills Development programs for students in the Northeast Florida region. The program provides greater exposure to technology programs like robotics, coding and workforce-aligned after-school programs. Training is provided in both formal and informal learning spaces and focuses heavily on mathematics, a critical skillset for today’s technological career paths.
“It is so important that we give all students the opportunity to grow competent in the skills of problem solving and critical thinking,” said Schofield. “We must make students feel connected to community and business leaders, as well as to their schools, so that they see a pathway to their own success.”
STEM Learning Ecosystems has implemented communities in dozens of places throughout the country to connect employers, educators, and policymakers, all working together to facilitate a talent pipeline from schools to the workforce for expanded STEM opportunities for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
During the 2018 Legislative Session, Senator Bean worked with the Florida Legislature to secure the crucial $975,000 in funding for STEM2 Hub’s Northeast Florida 21st Century Workforce Development project, which will increase the availability of STEM-related educational programs in Northeast Florida’s schools.
“We are thankful to our state leaders for valuing the importance of this work,” said Chartrand, “These funds will allow us to reach deep into the community to strengthen opportunities for children that will open doors to their future and put them on a pathway to the most in-demand careers.”
About Senate District 4
Senator Bean represents Senate District 4, which includes parts of Nassau and Duval Counties. He can be contacted in Tallahassee at (850) 487-5004 or in his District Office at (904) 757-5039.
About the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub
The Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub represents an investment initially made by 15 companies headquartered in the region. Its mission is to convene, inspire, and invest in the STEM2 field by providing the essential missing elements to accelerate the growth of STEM2 education and career opportunities in the 7 North Florida counties of Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns. Visit our website at stem2hub.org for more information.