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CSEC Commends Department of Education Grant For K-12 STEM Education
September 27, 2017

President Trump recently announced that he has directed the Secretary of Education to establish a goal of devoting at least $200 million in competitive grant funds per year to the promotion of K-12 high-quality STEM education, including computer science. The Computer Science Education Coalition (CSEC) has been working with members of the House, senators, the Obama administration, and the Trump administration to make this funding a priority. By redirecting existing federal funding to these vital areas via a competitive process, teachers will be given an important tool to educate our children in the key fields that help defend the United States and support the jobs of the future.

Upon the announcement from President Trump about the grant opportunities, Erin Siefring, chair of the CSEC said, “Making computer science a priority is vital to our country’s national security. There are thousands of cyber warrior jobs in our military that are going unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. In the civilian sector, computer science and STEM related jobs are the fastest growing in the United States. Our students must be equipped for these jobs in order for our homeland to be secure and for our economy to thrive. Prioritizing computer science is a significant step forward in helping our schools prepare our students to defend the United States and to compete in the economy of the 21st century.”

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