BOSTON (CBS) — Governor Deval Patrick says building a better economy in Massachusetts begins in the classroom.

Patrick laid out his updated plan Wednesday, to improve “STEM” education – science, technology, engineering and math.

The plan includes getting students interested in the subjects, hiring skilled teachers for all age groups and making sure students with degrees and certificates have opportunities in the work force.

Congressman Joe Kennedy serves as Honorary Chair of Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council and serves on the House Science and Technology Committee in Washington.

“STEM lies at the intersection of education, economics and social justice. It is a vehicle not just for growth and innovation but for access and opportunity. Thanks to the tremendous leadership of the Patrick Administration, Massachusetts has led the way in setting a national STEM agenda. STEM Plan 2.0 builds on that success and works to expand our efforts even farther, so that zip code, skin color and gender can no longer be used as indicators of a person’s interest or achievement in STEM,” Kennedy said in a statement after the summit.


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