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For Immediate Release
April 11, 2014

Clute to Speak at MVC STEM Event

 

Dr. Pamela Clute, an award-winning mathematics and STEM educator from the University of California, Riverside, will be the featured presenter at "STEM"U"LATE YOUR MIND: The Power of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" on April 16 at 5:30 pm in the Student Academic Services building at Moreno Valley College (MVC).

Speaker

The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the college's Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) and the MVC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center.

"As teachers prepare for the transition to common core curriculum, students need to develop the 21st century skills necessary to become college or career ready," said Maureen Chavez, associate dean for Grants and College Support Programs. "This event is a great opportunity to see a STEM lesson first-hand from an award-winning educator."

Clute, who received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, a master's degree in Education; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1982 from the UC Riverside, believes that mathematics is the language of science and technology, and that these subjects dominate the world. Her efforts have been recognized nationally. President George W. Bush presented her with a National Science Foundation Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring and the California Mathematics Council honored her for Outstanding Service and Leadership in Mathematics Education.

Fifth-seven percent of college students are women, however, they are less likely to major in one of the STEM fields than their male counterparts. Clute is on a mission to rejuvenate excitement about mathematics. As executive director for the ALPHA Center (Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement) at UCR, she works with local school districts on programs designed to improve mathematics and science skills and to spread the word about math and science careers.

A report entitled STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future, released in July 2011, says workers in STEM occupations will earn 26 percent more than workers in other fields. Additionally, by 2018, it is estimated that STEM occupations will account for about 8.6 million jobs.

For more information on the event, call (951) 571-6382 or email micki.clowney@mvc.edu.

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