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Colorado senator one of six chosen for STEMx fellowship


Colorado Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, of Arvada, was chosen by the STEMx program to participate in a policy fellowship in 2018.

STEMx selects six policy makers from hundreds of legislators in a 21-state region. Those six policymakers study ways to nurture STEM programs for all students in public schools. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

STEMx describes itself as a movement that provides an accessible platform to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education and make other improvements.

Zenzinger represents District 19, which covers most of Arvada and part of Westminster. She was nominated by Colorado Succeeds, the partnering organization for STEMx in Colorado. The timing of the fellowship is to be decided.

Colorado Succeeds President Scott Laband said Zenzinger has demonstrated a firm commitment to improvement in our state’s public schools.

“She has especially coordinated with our efforts to increase opportunities for all students to engage with real-world problem solving and the critical skills STEM learning can bring to classrooms,” he said.

Most notably, she carried and passed a 2017 bill with bipartisan support in which students receive a STEM endorsement on their diploma when they graduate with a certain number and type of STEM-related courses on their resumes. The endorsement signals to higher education and the workforce that a graduate is highly proficient in STEM areas.

“I’m thrilled to accept the STEMx Policy Fellowship, and I look forward to working with these great people and with colleagues across the country who are committed to finding ways to promote this important aspect of education,” Zenzinger said.

Zenzinger has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She was a full-time teacher before being elected as a senator, and still works as a teacher when the Senate is not in session. She comes from a long line of teachers in her family, and education is her passion. She serves on the Education Committee in the Senate.


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