Mapping the Future of Education
According to the Idaho State Board of Education, “Idaho education has entered a new progressive era in order to increase global competitiveness and attract opportunity, as seen through our many current education initiatives.” Among these programs is STEM Education. STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. The goal is to create an education infrastructure that gives all students equitable access to STEM education. In fact, this is the focus of a program developed by the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene. The Dig’nIT camp program is the first step in the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene mission to build a pipeline of local leaders in STEM fields.
Our guest speakers this week are Rocky Owens and Christina Cox. Rocky is the Executive Director at Lewis and Clark College-Coeur d’Alene. Christina Cox is a Program Development Manager at the University of Idaho-CDA. Together, they will speak about an innovative program that empowers local Idaho students to develop the skills needed to compete in the world of technology and innovation.
Join us online this Friday. The link to join this meeting will be sent by email on Thursday, November 12.
Rocky Owens is the Executive Director of LCSC-Coeur d’Alene and the Coordinator of Government Relations. Rocky is a native of Idaho. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism in 1990 and a master’s in Linguistics at the University of Wales-Cardiff. In addition, he served as a congressional aide to former Senator Dirk Kempthorne. Rocky also worked for the Japanese Ministry of Education in Tokyo before joining LCSC in 2000. He is a Trustee of the Idaho Humanities Council and serves on other North Idaho steering committees. Among these organizations are the Human Rights Education Institute and the Coeur d’Alene Chamber. He is an avid reader, skier, and outdoor enthusiast.
Christina Cox rejoined the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene as the Academic Program Development Manager in late May. Previously, Christina worked for the Coeur d’Alene School District, the North Idaho Higher Education Center, and, most recently, North Idaho College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster. In addition, she earned a master’s from Harvard University. She and her family enjoy many of the amenities in the area. Among her favorites are skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and keeping (unsuccessfully) the wildlife out of her garden.