LSU Education Professor ‘Champion of Workforce Development’
BATON ROUGE – LSU School of Education Associate Professor Eugene Kennedy received the “Champions of Workforce Development” award from the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance during their 2013 Contractor Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards Banquet.
The award is an acknowledgement of Kennedy’s efforts to launch a statewide initiative called L-STEM. L-STEM is a coalition of Louisiana educators, businesses, community organizations and state agencies who are committed to elevating the performance of all Louisiana youth in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines. The concept is based on a network of school systems, universities, industry and state agencies in neighboring Texas, T-STEM, which is propelling the youth of that state to historic levels of achievement in the STEM fields. L-STEM proposes to adopt the basic design of the T-STEM network, tailor it to Louisiana, and implement that design over a period of several years.
“I have been working with colleagues here on campus and around the state for much of the past decade as an evaluator of programs designed to increase the interests and success of our students in the STEM disciplines,” said Kennedy. “The one thing I personally learned is that there are incredible examples of exemplary work everywhere in Louisiana.
“The problem is that we tend to work in isolation and not share our successes,” Kennedy added. “There is a national movement to create state-wide STEM networks that can help connect K12, higher ed, industry, government and community organizations. My colleagues and I learned of these efforts and L-STEM is the result.”
While L-STEM is in the early stages of development, Kennedy feels that interests are high and he is confident in its ultimate potential for success.
Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research Methodology from the University of South Carolina. He has worked as a researcher for a testing company, a state department of education and has served as a technical consultant and evaluator on numerous district, state and national projects.
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