Candidates to focus on education

This coming February, HudsonAlpha, The Huntsville Times and WHNT News 19 will host a nonpartisan Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum on the Future of Education.

In order for Alabama to continue competing for knowledge-based, non-exportable jobs, the public education system must turn out well-educated students who want to pursue careers in science and other cutting-edge fields. Candidates will have the opportunity to present ideas for how to move the state forward through Alabama’s educational system.

This 90-minute forum will include questions from panelists representing The Huntsville Times, WHNT News 19 and HudsonAlpha, as well as a student from a Madison County school. These education-related questions will include funding for education in the current economic climate; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative; the future of the PACT program; teacher development; safety and security in Alabama schools; and workforce development.

The forum will be broadcast live on WHNT News 19’s digital channel 19.2, covered by The Huntsville Times and streamed live via WHNT.com and al.com. In addition, other media outlets in the Tennessee Valley and throughout the state will cover the forum.

Participation in this forum continues HudsonAlpha’s commitment to groundbreaking genomic research, fostering a biotechnology economy and inspiring Alabama youth to pursue scientific careers.

Contact Name:

Holly Ralston McClain

Contact Email:

hmcclain@hudsonalpha.org

Contact Phone:

256.327.0425

Organization Background:

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama, is the cornerstone of the Cummings Research Park Biotechnology Campus. The campus hosts a synergistic cluster of life sciences talent – science, education and business professionals – that promises collaborative innovation to turn knowledge and ideas into commercial products and services for improving human health and strengthening Alabama’s progressively diverse economy. The non-profit institute is housed in a state-of-the-art, 270,000 square-ft. facility strategically located in the nation’s second largest research park. HudsonAlpha has a three-fold mission of genomic research, economic development and educational outreach.

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