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Belgrade Schools Offering STEM Courses

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More than seven million people in 2012 were employed in a science, technology, engineering and math field, and that number is expected to only go up.

Stemconector.org says by 2018, around 8.65 million people will be working in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related field.

Dean of the College of Engineering at Montana State University Brett Gunnink said those fields include more than just engineers.

"It really refers broadly to technical education, and the innovation that is derived from technical engineering that is often thought to drive our economy," said Gunnik.

Students at Belgrade High School are able to find out if they want to pursue a STEM related field with their STEM 1 and STEM 2 courses.

Belgrade Public Schools Superintendent Candy Lubanski said this is the first year the courses are offered to all students.

"I think all kids are interested in it because it is such an integrated look at those science areas," said Lubanski.

Those areas can range from agriculture to computer and biomedical sciences.

Lubanski said their program is about preparing kids for after high school.

"The academic standards we will be adhering to look at the science in a much more integrated manner," said Lubanski.

She said they plan to expand STEM offerings to their middle school as well, that is if they are able to get funding.

"We are working with MSU," said Lubanski. "They are applying for a national science foundation grant and we are hoping working with them if they get that grant."

Lubanski said they expect to implement a middle school program by 2015.

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