The following is an edited press release from Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray's office Thursday:
Lt. Governor Timothy Murray announced $780,000 in funding to promote and advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, jobs, and workforce development.
“Today’s announced funding and the efforts and feedback from the engaged audience at today’s summit will build on this foundation to further prepare a talented pipeline of students who will be ready to apply 21st century skills in the state’s workforce and compete in our global economy,” over 1,000 educators, business leaders, and government officials to the 9th Annual STEM Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Thursday.
Furthermore, MassDevelopment will provide up to $10,000 in matching grants to eligible organizations that will create innovative programs focused on educating students and the adults in their lives about advanced manufacturing careers, which require many STEM-related skills. MassDevelopment is now accepting applications for these matching grants.
“Manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts today require workers with advanced, technology-based skills,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones.
Additionally, Murray announced $130,000 through the state’s STEM Pipeline Fund to build on past programs and develop new messaging and communication to reach more students, parents, educators, and businesses on the value and importance of STEM education, jobs, and workforce development.
To advance STEM initiatives across the state, Murray also announced $650,000 in additional state funding to expand a program known as the @Scale Initiative. The @Scale Initiative endorses statewide STEM projects and expands them across the state to reach more students and teachers.
“An investment in education will pay dividends for generations to come,” said Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. “I applaud the Patrick Administration and the work of Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray for the emphasis they have placed on improving our statewide education K through 12, specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
To read the STEM Plan or learn more about the Patrick-MurrayAdministration’s STEM Initiatives and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, visit www.mass.gov/governor/stem.