Our 21st century economy

requires 21st century skills

It’s time for the U.S. to lead again

U.S. students and employees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) drive innovation in the economy by generating new ideas, founding new businesses, and beginning new industries. But, it’s no secret that the U.S. is lagging behind its international competitors in STEM fields, and, as a result, many STEM jobs go unfilled.

Although I represent a district in the heart of the Bay Area, home to new technologies and a driver of innovation, I see too many children and adults that don’t have the freedom to achieve their dreams. Any young American, no matter their economic status or geographic location, should have access to a quality STEM education and opportunities to pave a pathway to a successful career.

That’s why I’m taking action by introducing the STEM K to Career Act. This bill helps tackle the digital divide by making sure our youth AND their parents have the freedom to dream and have access to the STEM fields that are driving our 21st century economy.

The legislation would offer federal student loan relief to STEM teachers, provide tax credits to certain employers that provide paid internships or apprenticeships in the STEM fields, and amend the federal Work Study program to offer more STEM opportunities.

These solutions would work to create a ladder to opportunity for STEM students across the country from elementary school to employment. It’s time to close the STEM gap and ensure that America continues to be a leader in innovation and technology for generations to come.

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