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New STEM Accelerator Launches In Greater Houston

With a $750,000 grant, Lee College will focus on getting students prepared for jobs in the petrochemical industry.

Business groups, colleges and school districts are teaming up in a new initiative to expand how many students get STEM degrees. That stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

One of those institutions of higher education is Lee College in Baytown, taking the lead for the STEM accelerator in Greater Houston.

With a $750,000 grant, it will focus on getting students prepared for jobs in the petrochemical industry.

Other local colleges and school districts will join the project including Lonestar College, Houston Community College, Aldine ISD and Pasadena ISD.

The goal is to help prepare the next generation of the STEM workforce as many current employees reach retirement.

The STEM accelerator was launched by Educate Texas and will pump $3.6 million in grants from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust into the effort across Texas.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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