CLARK COLLEGE WELCOMES NATIONAL AND STATE LEADERS FOR A DIALOGUE
ON MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
Nearly 35 leaders from government, education and business gathered at Clark College on March 16 as Congressman Brian Baird hosted a dialogue on math and science education.
Baird, seen in the photo on the right, was joined by Dr. Cora Marrett, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources of the National Science Foundation.
Guests included Robert Dingethal, Southwest Washington director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Jim Jacks, Southwest Washington representative for Governor Chris Gregoire; Washington State Representative Deb Wallace; Robert K. Knight, Interim President of Clark College; Dr. Hal Dengerink, Chancellor of WSU Vancouver; Evergreen School District Superintendent John Deeder and Vancouver School District Superintendent John Erickson.
|Clark College Interim President Bob Knight (right) welcomed Vancouver School Superintendent John Erickson (left) and Evergreen School Superintendent John Deeder (center).
As Chairman of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, Congressman Baird is "exploring ways to increase America's competitiveness in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology."
He described the forum as "an opportunity to discuss an integrated approach to increase interest in math, science, and engineering careers among our country's high school and college students by hearing what is being done on local, state and national levels."
|Rep. Deb Wallace and Clark College Interim President Bob Knight listen as Congressman Brian Baird outlines challenges in math and science education.|
|Clark College Executive Dean of Planning and Advancement Candy Bennett (right) welcomed Jim Jacks, Southwest Washington representative for Governor Chris Gregoire.|
Marrett, seen in the photo on the right, told those gathered that she was "pleased to be at a college that pays attention to what happens to students after they leave secondary education." She noted, "We can't operate or design schools as we did 20-30 years ago. Today's students have experience in technology that yesterday's students didn't have."
On April 14, Clark College will host the 2007 Washington State Science Olympiad, drawing over 1,000 students from across the state.
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