Nationwide, STEM education — the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is a major focus among educators, legislators and employers, who stress the importance of these subjects to prepare students for thriving careers in the global workforce. However, American public school students have fallen behind their international peers in crucial science and mathematics disciplines. Moreover, fewer U.S. students are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM fields.
An Aurora University alumnus who received statewide recognition earlier this year, was recently the focus of national attention for an innovative program that is further exposing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Pam Reilly, AU ’ 95, a second grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary in Sandwich, Ill., has been named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Aurora University has been named to the coved Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.5 million capital investment to help build the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University. The investment will allow construction of the school to begin immediately and open for the 2014-2015 school year.