Handel Commends Efforts to Promote, Advance STEM Education

September 26, 2017 \\ Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Karen Handel today applauded the White House’s announcement of its initiative to expand access to STEM and Computer Science education across the country. Specifically, President Trump directed the Department of Education to create $200 million in competitive-grant projects that will advance K-12 STEM education. As a member of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, Rep. Handel has made STEM education one of her top priorities on Capitol Hill.

"If America is going to remain competitive in an evolving, global marketplace, we have to prepare our students for the jobs and the economy of tomorrow," Rep. Handel said. "The education our young people receive must align with the skills they'll need to be successful in the workforce, and increasing our emphasis on STEM education is at the heart of that shift.”

Despite Georgia's 5% unemployment rate, its lowest in over a decade, the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that six million jobs are going unfilled in this country every month. In Georgia alone, there are roughly 15 jobs available for every 1 applicant with the necessary STEM skills.

“I commend he White House today for its commitment to advancing STEM education in America,” Rep. Handel continued. "And I look forward to working to advance these and other STEM initiatives as a member of the House Education & Workforce Committee."