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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton will join other business and education leaders on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Raleigh to discuss the state of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at two events hosted by .

Activating College & Career Readiness in North Carolina’s STEM Communities is the first event and will feature state and national experts discussing STEM education from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at in Raleigh.

The cost is $35 and space is limited. .

Speakers include John Dornan, executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina; Angela Baber, National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices STEM Education Lead; Tom Carroll, president of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future; Valerie Brown-Schild, director at Kenan Fellows Program; Bryan Setser, CEO of North Carolina Virtual Public Schools; Dr. Robert Panoff, founder and executive director of Shodor Education Foundation; Meg Lowman, director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center; and Jerri Fatticci, executive director of Citizen Schools N.C.

Additional speakers from NC STEM’s current three STEM Communities in North Carolina include: Rick Davis, Site Lead at Spirit Aerosystems (Lenoir STEM Community); Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation (Davie STEM Community); and Lynda Parlett, director of grants and sponsored programs and Robeson County Community College (Ft. Bragg Region STEM Community).

Later that evening, you’re invited to participate in Why STEM Matters: All Kids College & Career Ready networking reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the .

for the evening reception.

Lt. Gov. Dalton, chair of the NC JOBS Commission, is the keynote speaker. Others on the agenda include Betsey Bennett, director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Karl Rectanus, leader of NC STEM; Joe Freddoso, president and CEO of MCNC; Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber; Rich Rosen, vice president of Battelle Memorial Institute; and Sam Houston, president and CEO of the North Carolina Science Math & Technology (SMT) Education Center.

You must register separately for each event. Registration for both events ends this Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The evening reception is sponsored by NC STEM, Public School Forum of North Carolina, and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

For additional information, contact Stacey Yasses at 919.248.1493. Follow all the action for both event at . Use hashtag #whystem.

NC STEM helps communities throughout North Carolina ensure that all students engage in rigorous and relevant STEM education that provides them with good choices in life and bolsters the economic strength of their communities. NC STEM is supported by MCNC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute, and community partners.

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