U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the work of El Paso educators Tuesday in preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the so-called STEM fields -- and putting them on an early path to a college or university.
"We need a lot more women in STEM. We need a lot more Latinos in STEM. We need a lot more African-Americans in STEM," Duncan said. "We know a huge percentage of high wage jobs in the future are in the STEM areas."
Teaching in those fields is a focus of Transmountain Early College High School, a partnership between El Paso Independent School District and El Paso Community College. After visiting with students in classrooms, Duncan took part in a town hall event that included
University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio and EPCC President William Serrata.
His weeklong tour of the Southwest, which began Monday in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, continues this afternoon in Columbus, New Mexico.
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