Austin Mayor pushes for more student interest in STEM jobs

Students at Hays CISD lerning with their iPads. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
Students at Hays CISD lerning with their iPads. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local organization dedicated to improving education outcomes here in Austin is celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Joining us in the studio to discuss what they have accomplished is Susan Dawson, President and Executive Directors of E3 Alliance and Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Their goal is to increase the number of students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) jobs. After eight years of work dedicated to educating central Texans, E3 says they have increase the pipeline funneling students into STEM jobs by 700 percent.

“Well we know central Texas is a high tech sector with lots of high paying jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, but we’re not producing students here from out region to take those jobs” said Dawson.

According to the Mayor, schools gets paid from the state based on attendance. In 2011 just by increasing attendance in local schools they received $25 million, which the Mayor says the Education Alliance has been a big part of.

“You can’t find any other place in the country that is doing it like central Texas is,” said Dawson.

 

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