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Wake schools up to Obama's technology education challenge

Posted June 14, 2011

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— As if responding to President Barack Obama's call Monday for a greater effort to train people for technology careers, Wake County school officials on Tuesday added to its network of specialized science and math schools.

During a visit to the Triangle, Obama unveiled an "all-hands-on-deck strategy" to train about 10,000 people a year for high-tech jobs, including more support for university programs in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math and internships and incentives for students.

"We know that, if we are going to maintain our leadership in technology and innovation, our best companies need the world's brightest workers," the president said.

Some local schools are already on track to move students into technology majors in college. The Wake County Public School System already has 13 STEM schools and added seven more Tuesday.

"How we prepare our students today will determine our economic future," Superintendent Tony Tata said.

Despite a tight budget for 2011-12, Tata pushed to add the new STEM schools through a competitive application process.

"Children will be better prepared for the job environment that they are going to face in the 21st century," he said.

Wake County STEM education network Wake schools up to Obama's technology education challenge

The new STEM schools are Hilburn Drive, York and Aversboro elementary schools, Carroll and East Wake middle schools and Knightdale and Middle Creek high schools.

The school district also is partnering with North Carolina State University on a new early college program that will allow students to complete advanced high school and college courses at the same time.

The STEM network provides students with science, technology, engineering and math opportunities from kindergarten through high school.

"It's very exciting to see the program expand," said Sebastian Shipp, principal of the East Wake School of Engineering Systems, where every freshman takes an engineering course.

"It's a way to give students a chance to experience what it means to be an engineer, (to learn) how engineers think," Shipp said.


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  • Shamrock Jun 15, 2011

    Now going to have 20 STEM schools, that is great for the students interested in technology.

  • zippingz75 Jun 15, 2011

    Engineering toward green energy is the only new jobs oboma is spouting toward has far as education that he is concern with.we know he hates the big oil companies,along with coal.nobody will ask him "where is all the jobs?"what happen to all the stimules money?kids are out of school looking for work,not to mention those who just grad. from colledge.hummm,hummm,hummmm.

  • harmstrong4 Jun 14, 2011

    BO was here campaigning for Bev and Himself.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 14, 2011


    To educate another generation or two just to find NO JOBS when they get out of college and have huge school loans to pay?

    The majority of those still unemployed, according to the NCESC, are highly educated, highly trained and highly experienced management and middle-management personnel in every field straight across the board.

    The best opportunity out here now is to get yourself educated then open your own business in a field no one can get away without using - like undertakers or doulas.

    They're about the only ones right now assured of a job.

    Everything else is exceedingly "iffy" whether the government says so or not.

    I use to think RNs and LPNs were assured of work, but several of my friends hold those certifications and have been laid off from local hospitals.

    No one has security in their job anymore, including - hopefully - Obama and Perdue.

  • bombayrunner Jun 14, 2011

    The school assignments is a racist fight started by the NAACP and the Democrats losing power in the schoolboard disgused as an assignment problem. Go look at the numbers -- the people have voted (the majority).

  • bombayrunner Jun 14, 2011

    yea ... like one if not the best school system in the nation ... and we're wondering if we're up to Mr."can't see my grades", standards? If he wants to improve anymore, he will have to ban video games and cell phones for everyone under age 16 would be a good start. Bring back 'gym', I mean real gym. Have classes on good diets instead of telling them what to eat.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 14, 2011

    They're not up to it until they solve the assignment mess and that is far from being over.

  • BadDayforButch Jun 14, 2011

    I hope these kids are willing to move to India or China to use their skill. The US technology companies are not interested in hiring here. They just want the work done as cheaply as possible and they can't do that here.

  • REALY Jun 14, 2011

    this school sys is up to it from a pres. who about drove the country into the ground.... WOWWWWWW

  • JustAName Jun 14, 2011

    Alternate headline : "Wake schools up for more handouts from the federal government to do what they should already be doing"