Oregon resident Cody Gotchall is currently a student at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. An American Red Cross blood donor since 2012 who also volunteers at the United First Methodist Church, Cody Gotchall applies his interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to his college studies.
Collectively referred to as STEM, the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are key subjects in developing expertise to solve complex problems and analyze information. However, few American students today pursue advanced education in STEM subjects. Due to this fact, the United States Government has set a benchmark to develop and retain 100,000 STEM teachers and graduate over a million more STEM students over the next 10 years.
The commitment to increased STEM education involves 13 federal agencies as well as the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. A major component of the commitment is to enhance federal investments in several areas. These include early childhood STEM education, outreach to sustain engagement in STEM, efforts to enhance undergraduate and graduate level STEM programs, and work to address groups that are underrepresented in the current STEM professions. For additional information, visit http://www.ed.gov/stem.