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News Release from the Washington State STEM Education Foundation

The Washington State STEM Education Foundation (STEM Foundation) is pleased to announce that $5.4m has been approved in the capital budget for the construction of DELTA High School.  

In final hours of budget negotiations, representatives from our community continued their requests for Delta High, seeking ways to complete the remaining budget gap necessary to start construction of the new 45,000 square foot Delta High School.  The dollars will be partnered with funds raised locally with the balance committed previously by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Delta is precluded from issuing a public bond to construct a school facility; therefore, the State’s support was key. 
 
The STEM Foundation, in partnership with the Tri-Cities Legislative Council, submitted the $5.4M request at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.  However, it was not included in the initial capital budget proposal. This made the request an even heavier lift during an unprecedented extended legislative session.  
 
Senator Sharon Brown led the way during the budget negotiations, reminding her colleagues that “this is an innovative project that requires leadership.  Delta is just too important; it’s critical to our state as an example of the innovative teaching and education necessary to ensure that students in Washington are ready to compete globally.” Her colleagues listened and Delta was placed in the Senate’s final version of the capital budget that was adopted as presented with the legislature then ending their second special session. 
 
Tom Yount, Washington State STEM Education Foundation President stated, “This has been a true team effort from many community leaders, Representatives and Senators. We are thankful and pleased with the legislature’s support that will allow more students from all three local school districts to benefit from a focused STEM education.” The new funding now allows Delta to initiate construction of the new campus so that students and teachers will have permanent and long-term place to go.
 
“This was critical and we cannot thank all of our legislators enough,”  stated Phil Ohl, STEM Foundation board member.  In addition, “This truly was a team effort, Jerome Delvin lent his support in the early introduction of the project in the fall of 2012.  Legislators of the 8th, 9th and 16th districts continued their support and Sen. Sharon Brown worked tirelessly through the session and took charge in the final budget negotiations."

As a unique model of collaboration with three school districts focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Delta is making tremendous strides to produce a new generation of STEM-literate citizens by spurring innovation throughout all our local, regional and state public schools. Delta is already out-pacing local, state and national performance in standardized testing.  Delta High School is reforming and transforming public education – establishing a new paradigm – to provide the educated workforce needed for future economic growth in Washington state.


Making STEM Real  |  Developing the 21st Century Student

Learning to Succeed: The Delta Project from STEM Foundation on Vimeo.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, education creates an integrated, innovative, learning environment through weaving these subjects into every classroom. The STEM approach transforms a typical teacher-centered classroom into a facilitated learning experience driven by problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning.

Blending STEM subjects with History, Language Arts and Social Studies allows students to connect what they learn everyday with what they see around them. STEM learning promotes student readiness for college and prepares them for a 21st century workforce, where technical competence is no longer an option-it’s a necessity.

The STEM Program of Study was designed by teachers, scientists, university professors, and business leaders. Students are held to high expectations, interact with their community, gain a deep understanding of the subject matter, and apply that knowledge in real-world situations. Students are prepared for college or success in their chosen careers. STEM students are destined to make meaningful contributions to the world’s economy.

We are not waiting for the state or federal governments to address the urgent need to educate the next generation of U.S. scientists, engineers and technicians.


 

Announcing our 2013 Mid-Columbia STEM Awards Winners!CLICK HERE for details. 

 


We are moving now to revolutionize education.