Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday established the Alabama STEM Council, appointing more than 40 people to the council that will look at ways to improve education, career awareness and workforce development related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Neil Lamb, vice president for Educational Outreach at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, will chair the council, which Ivey touted as playing an important part in the state’s future.
“Alabama has continued to grow into an advance manufacturing, aerospace engineering and cybertechnology center of excellence, and as a result, the demand for qualified labor in these sectors has skyrocketed,” she said. “The Alabama STEM Council will play a vital role in ensuring that our state’s future leaders have the opportunity to learn STEM-based skills that will help them transition into successful career pathways upon graduation.”
The Alabama STEM Council will hold its first meeting within 90 days, according to Ivey’s executive order.