The University of California, Riverside, Riverside Unified School District and Riverside City College signed an agreement Sept. 8 to form a strategic partnership to expand STEM education and expose more Riverside students to college-level courses at any early age.
The partnership was signed by UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, RUSD Superintendent David Hansen and RCC President Wolde-Ab Isaac at a ceremony at Interdisciplinary Building South at UCR.
With an increasing number of jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), preparing a highly-educated workforce in STEM fields is a national and local priority.
To meet these workforce needs, Riverside Unified, UCR and RCC have formed the partnership to ensure more high school students have early access to hands-on experience in laboratories and specialized STEM guidance at UCR and RCC.
This partnership builds upon the current success of the Riverside STEM Academy, which is operated by RUSD and located less than one mile away from UCR. In addition to enhanced curriculum, the agreement also allows the future possibility for RUSD to develop additional academy space on the UCR campus to accommodate student enrollment growth.
Partnerships like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. UCR, RUSD, and RCC are dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These partnerships play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.