President Obama’s speech last night had several references to education in the US. Of note was a focus on building our STEM workforce:

“Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge, to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. And we’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill the jobs that are there right now and will be there in the future.”

Our Algebra Remote Tutoring & Mentoring Program pairs STEM professionals with middle school students for one-on-one year-long partnership. Our students not only get the support of a caring adult, they also get exposed to STEM careers that they would not otherwise be aware of. Our student’s results after this year-long collaboration are profound and we expect stronger results long term as they enter and work through high school.

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