Hoeven: USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Awards $65,000 to United Tribes Technical College

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $65,000 to United Tribes Technical College (UTTC). The funds will be used to support UTTC’s Generating Research in Agriculture for Students in STEM program.

“Science, technology, engineering and math have a variety of applications and are critical to preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will allow students at UTTC who are pursuing a STEM education to embark on agricultural research, which will help North Dakota’s agricultural industry to stay at the cutting-edge of technology.”

Senator Hoeven has worked extensively to bolster STEM education in North Dakota and across the nation. In July, bipartisan legislation that he and Senator Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced to promote STEM education was included as part of the Every Child Achieves Act. Their bill improves students’ access to STEM education by allowing states to award funding to create or enhance a STEM-focused specialty school or a STEM program within a school. The amendment also directs the U.S. Department of Education to identify STEM-specific needs of states and school districts and align existing STEM programs with identified needs to avoid unnecessary duplication.