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How could the Trump Administration's STEM funding impact Idaho?

There is a huge push from the Idaho STEM Action Network to bring science, technology, education, and math to the forefront of education in our state (KBOI Staff Photo).

President Trump has directed the Department of Education to prioritize science and technology by investing $200 million annually into competitive grants.

How could this initiative effect students in Idaho?

To know where this funding could take Idaho we must first look at where Idaho currently stands.

This past year Idaho ranked second in the nation for tech sector growth. Right now, over 32,000 people are employed by Idaho's tech industry.

There is a huge push from the Idaho STEM Action Network to bring science, technology, education, and math to the forefront of education in our state.

Still, 3800 STEM and computer science jobs went unfilled in Idaho last year, according the Department of Labor.

"Right now our top 10 fastest growing jobs, nine of those are actually STEM fields," said Angela Hemingway, Executive Director of the Idaho STEM Action Network. "Be it healthcare, technology, or the computer industry, we certainly have areas where there are jobs that are going unfilled."

This funding by the Trump Administration could be exactly what our state needs to provide educators with the necessary training and to purchase the tools needed in order to bring Idaho's technology sector to the next level.

Now, we're waiting to find out from the Department of Education which states will have access to this funding.

That information is expected to be released by the end of October.

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