U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Participate in Career and Technical Education and STEM Events in North Carolina

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U.S. Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will travel to eastern North Carolina tomorrow to visit several local Career and Technical Education (CTE) as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives that are helping to ensure that students are college and career ready.

In the morning, Dann-Messier will visit various STEM programs. At 9:30 a.m., Dann-Messier will visit the math lab at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School in Kinston. The lab enables students to have an interactive, hands-on experience with modules based on topics such as sports statistics, unsolved mysteries, climate change and projectile motion.

After, she will head to the North Carolina East Region Office in Kinston for a CTE-STEM roundtable discussion with Spirit Aerosystems and other business partners, economic development representatives and community college representatives who are part of STEM East, which collaborates with the North Carolina STEM Learning Network to help ensure that all North Carolina students are better prepared for college and work.

Dann-Messier will end the day with a visit to Havelock Middle School at 2 p.m., where she will participate in another roundtable with CTE students and teachers, and visit a technology lab and the Fleet Readiness Center East, which provides maintenance, engineering and logistics support for Navy and Marine Corps aviation, as well as other armed services, federal agencies and foreign governments.

The events are being hosted by STEM East. The North Carolina STEM Learning Network is a project housed at the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System, UNC General Administration, Battelle Memorial Institute and others.