Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Micron Foundation Executive Director Dee Mooney as one of eight appointed board members for the newly formed STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Action Center.Created through the passage of house bill 302, the STEM Action Center will coordinate and promote STEM programs and best practices to build a workforce pipeline offering more employment opportunities for Idaho students and aligning with industry needs.
"We are excited to get the STEM Action Center underway. A focus on science, technology, engineering and math is essential to Idaho's economic prosperity. As we continue to enhance our "K - through - Career" initiative, our STEM Action Center will work closely with State government, industry partners and economic development organizations to help students understand the opportunities in STEM careers," said Governor Otter.
The move to establish a STEM Action Center was spearheaded by the Legislature's STEM Caucus led by Sen. Bob Nonini. "Idaho is fortunate to have strong industry partners including Micron Technology, the Idaho National Laboratory and members of the Idaho Business for Education and Idaho Technology Council who supported passage of HB 302," said Nonini. "With their help, Idaho can ensure we have the workforce needed to fill the fast-growing, high-paying jobs of the future."
Mooney joins the following appointed board members:
- Jeff Sayer, Director, Department of Commerce
- Ken Edmunds, Director, Department of Labor
- Dave Hill, Idaho State Board of Education
- Tim Corder, Special Assistant, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Todd Allen, Deputy Director, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls
- Lorna Finman, CEO, LCF Enterprises, Post Falls
- Von Hansen, CEO, AlertSense Inc., Boise