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Tuesday, June 18 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Session 303: The Role of the Feds and States: Policies That Create Skilled STEM Professionals

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Across the country, industry and state, regional, and local governments are engaged in various partnerships to address the STEM skills and workforce gap. In addition to spearheading efforts to improving K-12 education standards, a number of states have introduced specialized job training programs in order to court corporations to their vicinities. At the federal level, many companies are calling on Congress to expand visas for foreign graduates of U.S. universities who hold STEM degrees to increase the nation’s talent pool. This session will explore programs at all levels of government and identify the most effective qualities of each for those looking to build scalable versions in their own jurisdictions.


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Chris Roe

CEO, California STEM Learning Network
Christopher Roe is the Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network in charge of overseeing the creation of strategic relationships and collaborating with regional, state and national partners to establish a network that will rapidly scale innovative STEM teaching and learning across K-14 education. | | Prior to joining CSLNet, Roe served as the Deputy Director for the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a membership... Read More →

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Andres Alcantar

Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission
Andres Alcantar is Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).  Governor Rick Perry appointed Alcantar in 2008 and designated him Chairman May 1, 2012.  Alcantar was recently reappointed to the Commission for a term to expire on February 1, 2019. TWC’s mission is to promote and support an effective workforce system that offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity... Read More →
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Susan A. Bonilla

California State Assemblywoman
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Reginald Brothers, Ph.D.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Reginald Brothers joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research on 6 December 2011. Dr. Brothers is responsible for policy and oversight of DoD Science and Technology programs from Basic Research through Advanced Technology Development. He is also responsible for oversight of DoD laboratories, ensuring the long-term strategic direction of the... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom A