A Washington nonprofit organization has given $220,000 to spearhead development of a local program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math education.
Washington STEM, the nonprofit, also supports the creation of local STEM networks in south-central Washington and in south King County, according to a news release.
The Spokane STEM Network will coordinate programs to enhance math and science education in local schools, in conjunction with economic development efforts.
“Washington STEM forecasts robust job growth in areas that require science and technology skills in Spokane County during the next several years,” the release said. “The test for local school districts and universities will be to provide enough qualified candidates to fill vacant jobs.”