New Coalition Urges Action to Boost U.S. STEM Graduates, Jobs
With the United States producing too few qualified workers in science and technology, a new coalition today issued an urgent call for Congress to address the immediate highskilled jobs crisis and strengthen the U.S. STEM education pipeline. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The coalition, inSPIRE STEM USA (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education), is comprised of businesses, education advocates and other national organizations. Members currently include: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Caterpillar, Council of Chief State School Officers, IBM, Intel, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Microsoft, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and National Science Teachers Association.
inSPIRE STEM USA is co-chaired by former New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu and Maria Cardona, a former adviser to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and surrogate for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. The coalition announced veteran political consultant Beneva Schulte will serve as the coalition’s executive director. Schulte’s career spans more than 20 years and includes work on Capitol Hill and with other issue-based coalitions.