(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Monday marked the opening of yet another school in Tennessee focused on better preparing students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The state's Department of Education announced that Monday saw the start of classes at the Academy of Northeast Tennessee. This comes ahead of the start of classes at the Southeast Tennessee STEM School in Hamilton County, which gets going next week. Putnam County's Upper Cumberland Rural STEM Initiative began in July.
"STEM is an important part of our statewide effort to increase the rigor and relevance of our students’ education," Kathleen Airhart, Tennessee’s deputy commissioner of education, said in a statement. "Additionally, these schools will help to fill STEM jobs across the state, while improving the growth and sustainability of our local communities."
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