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Gov. Perry: STEM Education is Helping Prepare Students for the Workforce

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Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Perry: STEM Education is Helping Prepare Students for the Workforce

Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated the importance of an education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields in ensuring Texas students are prepared to enter the global workforce. The governor spoke to student competitors, parents and educators at the annual MATHCOUNTS Competition.

"Texas is determined to prepare our students for a bright future with an education that reflects the realities of the world, which is one of the reasons I believe so strongly in teaching more Texas students the STEM subjects," Gov. Perry said. "As the global economy continues to evolve and technology gets more sophisticated and essential every day, students need to have those building blocks as they prepare for the workplace of the future."

Ensuring that Texas remains a leader in job creation depends on the development of our workforce and is imperative to Texas' future prosperity. The governor has proposed a $160 million initiative to expand the number and scope of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) academies, an initiative he established in 2005, as well as fund STEM scholarships. Building on successful initiatives like T-STEM academies and legislation such as House Bill 3 of the 81st Legislative Session, which holds schools accountable for graduating college- and career-ready students, will help ensure future generations of Texans have the educational foundation necessary to compete and win in the increasingly competitive global economy.

MATHCOUNTS provides students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers through fun and creative math problems, competing in written and oral rounds as well as individual and team components. Students enrolled in the 6th, 7th or 8th grades are eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions. The top four students with the highest scores in Texas go on to compete at the national competition in Orlando in May, where Texas has won four out of the past five years.

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