Veterans get help from new bill that finds and trains them for STEM jobs

Lisa McLean
February 11, 2020 - 2:08 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump signs the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, in the Oval office at the White House.

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President Trump signed a bill today supporting military veterans pursuing careers in the science and technology field.

Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (S.153) was a bi-partisan effort by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The bill will assist veterans reentering the workforce by directing the National Science Foundation to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

"Our veterans come from all walks of life to serve our nation – and they bring with them a wealth of experience when they return to civilian life. Now that the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act has passed the House and Senate and is headed to the President’s desk, we are one step closer to providing veterans the benefits of well-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math, and helping employers better meet their hiring needs. By supporting veterans through STEM career training, we not only help them to succeed, but also to strengthen our nation and our economy,” Klobuchar said in a statement released by her office last year.

The bill provides for veterans' participation in (1) the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program to recruit and train mathematics and science teachers, (2) NSF fellowships and masters fellowships for mathematics and science teachers, (3) computer and network security capacity-building grants, and (4) traineeship grants leading to a doctorate degree in computer and network security research.

The bill also requires the Office of Science and Technology Policy to set up an interagency group that will address the problems veterans have when pursuing STEM careers. Companies supporting the bill are; The Manufacturing Institute, Samsung, TechNet, Verizon and the Consumer Technology Association.

“I thank my colleagues in the Senate and House for getting this bipartisan bill across the finish line,” Rubio said on his website.

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