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RICHLAND, Wash. - U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell was in town to meet with students and staff at Delta High School. The school focuses on teaching students STEM also known as science, technology, engineering and math.
Part of her trip included a roundtable meeting with students and staff to discuss the importance of this education. Her goal is to introduce a bill to the Senate that would address shortcomings in our nation's STEM education efforts, especially among young women and underrepresented minorities.
"We have a shortage every year of the number of people that we are looking for in the work force with degrees in math and science. For examples, there are hundreds of thousands of people every year, work force that we need for people with computer science degrees and we don't get enough people that graduate," said Cantwell.
Cantwell says Delta High is a perfect example of the kind of education America needs.
If you are interested in learning more about Delta they are offering STEM high school nights for those interested. The next one is January 27th at the Kennewick School District from 5-7:30 p.m. They also have another meeting February 1 at the Pasco School District from 5-7:30 p.m.
Cantwell also met with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues surrounding small business job growth.