U.S. Chamber Commends White House for Launching 'Educate to Innovate' Initiative

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Backed by a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) will lead its members in a national, state, and local effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, reinforcing the tenets of the White House 'Educate to Innovate' initiative announced today by the president.
 
“The Chamber and our members have been strong supporters for advancing STEM subjects in our school system,” said Arthur Rothkopf, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber.  “They play a vital role in America's competitive edge and provide essential skills for students and workers to have good jobs and achieve the American dream.  The Chamber applauds the administration for its efforts to improve STEM education.  We intend to educate and engage the business community in the need to ensure access to quality STEM education for all students both during and outside of school time.”
 
The Carnegie grant enables ICW to reach out to the Chamber’s national network of chambers of commerce and businesses to increase their awareness and engagement in STEM activities.  ICW will host a series of regional meetings, connect members to statewide STEM initiatives, and promote effective programs that improve teaching and learning.
 
“Innovation is the driving force behind American business,” said ICW's Vice President and Executive Director Lydia Logan.  “To be globally competitive, businesses must have access to a STEM-capable workforce.  This administration, through Educate to Innovate and the Race to the Top funds, has made it clear that we must do more to improve STEM in this country, and the business community is ready to help."
 
The grant aligns with recommendations detailed in the Carnegie Corporation and the Institute for Advanced Study's report, The Opportunity Equation, which sounded an urgent call for a national mobilization to "do school differently" by transforming mathematics and science education and delivering it in radically new ways to all American students.
 
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