NH News
6:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

STEM Taskforce of Parents, Profs And Administrators Plan For Future Workforce

The state’s businesses are clamoring for a labor force better prepared in the STEM fields, says Governor Maggie Hassan. "It has been very clear to me that the number one need that businesses identify is a 21st century workforce," she says.

She says both the state’s school districts and Universities aren’t doing enough. So, she's issued an executive order to establish a 14-member taskforce to plan the future of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in New Hampshire.

Hassan first laid out the plan for a task force in her State of the State address in January. The group of 14 individuals includes a mix of New Hampshire parents and business leaders, teachers and school administrators. Together, the task force will consider new teaching techniques and curricula, including new math and science standards for high schools:

We require that our high school students learn biology, but we don’t require that they learn computer programming, for instance.

Community College Chancellor Ross Gittel will chair the task force. Their first report is due in November.

  She says both the state’s school districts and Universities aren’t doing enough. So, she's issued an executive order to establish a 14-member taskforce to plan the future of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in New Hampshire.  Hassan first laid out the plan for a task force in her State of the State address in January. The group of 14 individuals includes a mix of NH parents and business leaders, teachers and school administrators. Together, the task force will consider new teaching techniques and curricula, including new math and science standards for high schools:  

We require that our high school students learn biology, but we don’t require that they learn computer programming, for instance. 

  Community College Chancellor Ross Gittel will chair the task force. Their first report is due in November.