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University of Northern Iowa to serve as northeast Iowa STEM hub

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Ben Allen, UNI President, 319-273-2566, president@uni.edu
Stacey Christensen, University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of six regional network hubs selected to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and economic development. The STEM Advisory Council is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen, who will coordinate the hubs.

President Ben Allen stated, "Regional needs in STEM can be best met through local and regional programming that takes advantage of local assets such as partner businesses, county extension, formal and informal education organizations, nonprofits and more."

The primary goal of STEM is to create greater students achievement in science and math. STEM has multiple areas of focus including technology enhanced instruction, teacher recruitment and preparation, learning readiness for post-secondary education, public awareness, partnerships for workforce development and education policy.