Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project.
Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts.
The new effort seeks to build up a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math workforce. It comes as a result of new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification. More than 60 teachers in 22 SOAR counties with high unemployment are on the way to National Board Teaching Certification. The selected educators began the three year program earlier this month.
Nationwide, according to the Department of Commerce, STEM jobs are growing one point seven times faster than non-STEM jobs.