CREEED Pledges $100,000 to Expand Opportunities for El Paso Youth Pursuing Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
El PASO, TX – April 5, 2019 -At STEAMX’s 10th anniversary event today, the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) presented the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation with a $100,000 grant in support of events and programming for students in the El Paso region pursuing higher education opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
The STTE Foundation is committed to a 20-year plan to enhance the regional economy through educational programs and meaningful partnerships. Last year, the STTE Foundation reached 2,601 youth from the Borderplex region, and it hopes to double that number in 2019. The $100,000 contribution from CREEED will support the foundation’s capital campaign and help fund various programs in the community, including STEAMX – a two day event that provides
middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in real-world STEAM-based competitions.
“We are thrilled to accept this generous contribution from CREEED, which will help thousands of students in El Paso prepare for advanced learning opportunities in STEAM subjects,” said Joseph Sapien, Executive Director of STTE. “CREEED is directly aligned with our foundation’s core mission. Together, we can increase the percentage of students entering STEAM fields in college and in their careers.”
Along with community events, this contribution will also support summer camps with the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University and New Mexico State University, as well as after-school programs run by K.I.C.K (Kids, Innovation, Computer Science, Know-How), an organization that inspires careers in technology and advances STTE’s goal of 100% digital literacy for youth by 2030. “Student attainment in El Paso and across the border region is a top priority at CREEED. We are committed to increasing opportunities for our students not only to be prepared for college, but also to expand their awareness of STEAM subjects and careers,” said Eddie Rodriguez, Executive Director of CREEED. “Our partnership with STTE will allow us to prepare more students for continued education and STEAM careers, strengthen community support, and encourage parental involvement through programs, events and scholarship opportunities.”