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Governor Proclaims "Year of STEM"

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As more tech companies move to the Silver State, Nevada's governor is calling for a stronger emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM.

"It's a new type of skill set that they have to have, and it's a STEM skill set," Governor Brian Sandoval said of Nevada's students, at an event held at Sparks High School Monday.

As a way of encouraging students to look into careers in the tech field, Sandoval proclaimed this school year as "The Year of STEM."

Sandoval said that many of the jobs that will be available to today's high schoolers after graduation or after college don't even exist yet. He said students need to get the basic skill set now, to be ready for the jobs of the future.

"It's really important for economic development," Sandoval said, "when we go out and recruit these companies, that we can tell them that we have initiatives like this, this STEM initiative, that are developing the workforce of tomorrow. And frankly some of the families that are moving in are looking for this kind of curriculum."

The governor's announcement also came with a mini career fair at the high school, featuring a variety of different industries, from mining to drones. And the students were definitely interested in the flying robots and autonomous technologies. One student discovered a mining engineering job involving explosives.

"To destroy things in a mountain, basically," Sparks High School student Andrew Thompson said. "And I thought that was pretty cool, because that's like almost everyone's dream to be able to destroy something and use something useful about mathematics."

The Year of STEM is an awareness campaign, aimed at showing students all the career possibilities a STEM-focused education affords. The governor's office launched a new website for students and parents to browse, but there is no additional funding planned for new programs. To see the website, click here.

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