By Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington-Herald Leader

East Kentucky Power Cooperative and the non-profit Project Lead The Way are pursuing an initiative to improve science, technology, engineering and math education in Eastern Kentucky to bring high-skill, high-wage jobs to the region, a news release said.

On Wednesday, at a Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, former President Bill Clinton announced the organizations’ plan to help the region’s public school teachers pursue professional development, and for school districts to implement Project Lead The Way’s STEM-based curriculum, the news release said.

The Clinton Global Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to address challenges.

The overall initiative is called STEM-Transforming Eastern Kentucky, or STEM-TEK. Its plan is to provide professional development opportunities for 3,000 teachers. The intent is to engage more than 80,000 students in 19 counties, the news release said.

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