Commissioner Deborah Gist to Address R.I.
Technology Business Community at BIO ED Event
Anticipated Tech Collective event will discuss current and future initiatives to improve R.I. STEM education.
June 16, 2010 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Industry Associate for
Information Technology and Bioscience, today announces it is welcoming Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary
and Secondary Education, Deborah A. Gist, to speak at its upcoming BIO ED session. The event will be held on
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, R.I.
In the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Forum of the BIO ED series,
Commissioner Gist will address Rhode Island’s Bioscience, Technology and STEM business community. Topics of
discussion will focus on changes and initiatives to better prepare the future workforce, and will include: current and
future STEM programs and curriculums, Commissioner Gist’s “Five Priorities” plan, and Rhode Island’s efforts to
attain federal Race to the Top funding.
“I don’t think I need to say how excited Tech Collective is to welcome Commissioner Gist to the STEM Education
Forum of our BIO ED series,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of Tech Collective. “Commissioner Gist has
quickly become a recognizable and influential leader within our state as she works to enact the much-needed
improvements to our school and education systems. The result will better prepare our students for the Knowledge
Economy workforce and foster the high-tech, high-wage opportunities that not only our children, but our entire state,
will find success in. We look forward to welcoming Commissioner Gist and the Rhode Island’s Technology business
community to this very special BIO ED event.”
The BIO ED: STEM Education Forum event is open to the public, and all bioscience, IT and technology
stakeholders of any field or career are encouraged to attend.