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Idaho STEM Action Center honors two local teachers

A panel of industry experts selected Payette teacher Paula McElroy and Caldwell teacher Jason George to receive the 2017 Industry's Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM awards, or INDEEDS for short. (Courtesy Photos)

The Idaho STEM Action Center is honoring two teachers who champion science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and connect students with industry leaders to mentor projects and provide invaluable career guidance.

A panel of industry experts selected Payette teacher Paula McElroy and Caldwell teacher Jason George to receive the 2017 Industry's Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM awards, or INDEEDS for short.

"Idaho is fortunate to have such talented and passionate teachers as Paula and Jason," Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said. "They care deeply about their students, find creative ways to engage them in STEM education, and work tirelessly to ensure their classes have the tools and opportunities they need to explore subjects that are essential to building the workforce Idaho needs."

The Idaho Department of Labor anticipates robust job growth in STEM careers by 2024: 14 percent in computing, 9 percent in engineering, and 23 percent in advanced manufacturing, including 3D printing and design.

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