USDA Rural Development Listening Session STEM & the Role of Broadband

676588169   We are seeing a change in workforce skills needed for 21st Century jobs.  This includes farming and other jobs in the Central Valley. West Hills Community College District and the USDA Rural Development cordially invite you to participate in a Listening Session to express your views about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in Rural Communities and the role of broadband.  USDA California Rural Development State Director Kim Vann will open and attend the Rural Stem Listening Session. In 2017, Congress directed USDA Rural Development to develop an implementation plan for increasing rural access to education in STEM through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which is administered by the Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Program. USDA Rural Development is working to create a strategy for public-private partnerships to complete the connection of rural pre-K through grade 12, community/technical colleges, universities, and related organizations to high-speed, highcapacity Internet to maximize the use of digital learning, especially in the deployment of curricula for STEM subjects most relevant to rural economies, such as agriculture, manufacturing, military, and business. Your views are important for West Hills College’s educational mission and broadband initiative.  Your views are also important for the USDA rural STEM project.  Each attendee will be given 5-7 minutes to discuss personal thoughts on STEM as it relates to this topic. This meeting is open to the public. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. Join us for the only USDA Rural Development listening session West of the Mississippi!  Your voice can influence the very important policy...