Greater Southern Tier Hub of Empire State STEM Learning Network announced
CORNING, N.Y. - Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today hosted New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King Jr. at its corporate headquarters where the Greater Southern Tier Hub of the Empire State Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Network launch was announced.
Dr. King was joined by Margaret Ashida, Empire STEM director; Dr. Joseph A. Miller Jr., Corning executive vice president and chief technology officer; and Dr. Mark D. Vaughn, manager of Technical Talent Pipelining for Corning's technology community.
The announcement was part of a daylong visit by Dr. King to the Greater Southern Tier BOCES district to see firsthand the work of the regional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative.
"STEM is the future, not just for our students but for our state and our economy," Dr. King Jr. said. "The program Corning and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES have developed is the kind of partnership between the private sector and public education that New York needs. Somewhere out there are the students who can change our world. The STEM program can provide them the opportunity to create, to build, to design, to research ways to make that change."
The Empire State STEM network is a statewide, community-led collaborative with a mission to advance STEM education to prepare all students for college and employment success, regardless of their career goals, and to fuel innovation and economic vitality in New York State. The designation of a Greater Southern Tier Hub establishes a model for connecting those in higher education, business, government, and community, along with parents and students, to achieve STEM excellence.
"Today's announcement recognizes a STEM hub that is already accelerating progress in preparing the future workforce - and citizenry - necessary for economic growth and prosperity," Ashida said. "Corning and MST Connect have played a significant role in the formation of the Empire State STEM Learning Network and are demonstrating the power of a community that connects, collaborates, and competes."
Miller noted recent studies indicating that 80 percent of new jobs in the U.S. will require a background in science, technology, engineering, and math. Those same studies indicate that 84 percent of middle and high school students would rather do anything else but study science, technology, engineering, and math.
"Corning's awareness of the mission - critical need-to increase the STEM capabilities of students throughout the Empire State and beyond, is clearly shared by Commissioner King and others across New York State," Miller said.
As a technology-driven company, Corning has been an active participant in the Empire State STEM Learning Network. Corning, along with other local businesses, has supported STEM curriculum in local schools by providing resources such as classroom materials and volunteers to help teachers instruct and students learn.
In addition, Vaughn leads a community collaboration, Math-Science-Technology (MST) Connect, which has helped develop the STEM program in Southern Tier schools.
"Our efforts have been recognized around the state as a model for how community resources can come together to shift the focus of STEM education from planning to action," Vaughn said.
The Greater Southern Tier Hub covers the same geographical area as GST BOCES, across Allegany, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, and Tioga counties. School districts currently involved in the regional STEM initiative are: Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Canisteo- Greenwood, Corning- Painted Post, Elmira, and Horseheads.
About Dr. John B. King Jr.
Dr. John B. King Jr. was appointed by the Board of Regents to serve as commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of New York, effective July 15. He became acting commissioner and president of the University of the State of New York on June 15, 2011. Dr. King earned a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University, a master's degree in the teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, a law degree from Yale Law School, and a doctorate in educational administrative practice from Teachers College, Columbia University.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.
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