Tri-City Herald - U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., noted the success of Richland's Delta High School during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
The hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee addressed the America COMPETES Act, which set new funding goals for innovation and research but also in advocating science, technology, engineering and math -- also known as STEM -- education.
Delta High is a STEM school operated jointly by the Richland, Pasco and Kennewick school districts. Cantwell spoke of how the school is served by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
"These things have incubation or help and support from private sector entities that care a lot about establishing these programs," Cantwell said during the hearing.
According to government reports and hearing testimony, 1.2 million jobs in STEM fields will be created between 2010-20. The nation isn't creating enough professionals to fill demand.
Staff with Cantwell's office said the hearing is preliminary to the America COMPETES Act being up for reauthorization in 2013.
As one of the most beautiful states in the union–and one of the richest in natural resources–Washington has a special interest in energy and environmental policy. And Maria has fought hard to uphold the state’s conservation tradition, while also working to bring our energy policy into the 21st century.
Maria knows Washington’s business community – because, as an executive at an innovative software company, she was part of it. And as a Senator, she’s led the way in helping businesses large and small throughout Washington grow, thrive, and create jobs.
Maria has taken a leadership role on safety and security issues, including defending our borders, strengthening our military, cracking down on gangs, and taking on drug crime in Washington communities.
Middle-class families around Washington and across the country are facing tough times–and tough decisions about balancing the family checkbook each month. Maria has fought to strengthen the economic security of Washington families and cut taxes for middle-class families.