June 27, 2022

Congressman Neguse Introduces Legislation to Support STEM Pathways Through College

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Joe Neguse announced today his introduction of the STEM Pathways Through College Act to support equitable access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) collegiate coursework and degrees. This bill increases the number of students offered high-quality STEM advanced coursework, supports students in reducing college costs, and improves postsecondary credit transfers by allowing students to earn college credit or an industry credential while in high school. 

“As a father and a former regent at the University of Colorado, I am passionate about ensuring that every American student is provided the opportunity to receive a quality public education and achieve their dreams. This bill was crafted specifically for the young students across our country interested in developing critical skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.” said Congressman Neguse. “The sectors of our economy dependent on STEM are growing exponentially, and this bill will not only inspire a next-generation of learners but also foster future advancements in those industries — I am excited to see the many pathways that will come to fruition from its introduction.”

The goal of this bill is to increase the number of American students attaining college credentials in STEM. Each STEM pathway offers at least 12 credits toward an associate degree or a recognized industry credential. All pathway courses count not only toward high school graduation but also transfer to the state’s public colleges and universities.  

“The STEM Pathways Through College Act helps provide students who have been historically underserved, including low-income and first-generation college students, secure a postsecondary degree. Not only will it create new pathways for students to be successful in whatever they choose to do after high school, but it will also keep America competitive in the global marketplace.” said All4Ed President & CEO, Deb Delisle.

Read bill text HERE

Background 

Before being elected to Congress, Congressman Neguse served a six-year term on the CU Board of Regents, including two years as Chair of the Audit Committee. As a Regent, Congressman Neguse fought to make higher education more affordable and accessible and to build consensus on tough issues, sponsoring several resolutions that received bipartisan and unanimous support, including efforts to lower student health insurance costs and make voter registration more accessible to students, as well as working to increase wages for the University’s lowest-paid workers.

In March, Neguse unveiled a much anticipated Education Agenda: “Opportunity for All”. His comprehensive legislative package supports a fair shot for all students pre-k through college and advances upward mobility for Coloradans. The “Opportunity for All” Agenda was developed from countless conversations with students, teachers, parents, child care workers, school board members, and universities across the 2nd Congressional District to address the challenges faced by Coloradans and ensure every student is offered equal opportunity to succeed. The plan would lower child care costs and enact universal preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds, ensuring every child has access to high-quality early education; address teacher attrition and underfunded special education programs at K-12 schools, and help every college student obtain a college degree that best prepares them for the future. Learn more here

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