On Thursday, Feb. 21, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will kick off a two-day science and technology education tour to discuss the importance of providing students and workers with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. Klobuchar will make stops in Elk River, Little Falls, Staples, and Fergus Falls to meet with local officials and highlight her efforts to prepare students for careers in high-demand fields such as science, math, and medicine.
Klobuchar will start the day with a visit to Salk Middle School in Elk River (10:30 a.m.) and meet with local administrators to discuss their efforts to encourage students to participate in STEM curriculum and programming.
In Little Falls, Klobuchar will stop at AirBorn Inc. about 12:45 p.m., to tour the facility and meet with company officials and staff. Klobuchar will be joined by Little Falls Mayor Catherine VanRisseghem, as well as representatives from the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program.
Klobuchar will then travel to Staples to meet with representatives from Central Lakes College Staples Campus (2:30 p.m.) and local officials and discuss the College’s robotics program and the Agriculture and Energy Center’s role in workforce development.
Finally, Klobuchar will be at the Pioneer Care Center in Fergus Falls (5 p.m.) to discuss workforce development and training with Minnesota State Community and Technical College, the West Central Initiative Foundation, local officials and members of the business community.