Three higher education institutions are teaming up in an effort to produce more STEM teachers. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College are sharing a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Becky Krystyniak  Dean at Anoka Ramsey says they’ll be targeting incoming freshmen this fall:

“Having them start by doing some outreach. So going and working in the schools, working with youth in some STEM area. Get them interacting. Often times with K-12 students to see if that passion comes forward — if they have an inkling that — that might be something they want to do.”

The grant money will be used to give those students a full-ride scholarship for their last two years of education, which they will have to complete at SCSU.   Local high schools say SCSU needs to produce three times the number of STEM teachers than what they are already producing just to meet the demand. They have a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates who teach math, physics and chemistry.