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1 Year Post-Inauguration: STEM's New Growth

January 21, 2022

It’s been one year since the Biden administration entered office, and the country has been through significant change since then. At Capitol Tech, we're reflecting on the notable progress that has been made through the passage of important laws for digital security, STEM research, and critical infrastructure.

One such bill is the K-12 Cybersecurity Act, passed on October 8th of 2021. According to congress.gov, the “bill requires the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to study the cybersecurity risks facing elementary and secondary schools and develop recommendations that include cybersecurity guidelines designed to assist schools in facing those risks.”

The bill is designed for CISA to create “an online training toolkit” that will help school officials secure the personal information of both themselves and their students, ensuring a safer future.

Congress has also created the Rural STEM Education Research Act, passed on May 18th of last year. “The bill amends the objectives of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program to include the provision to secondary schools of information about the job skills needed in manufacturing companies, and the promotion and expansion of certification systems offered through local high schools.”

This bill is meant to promote interaction and partnership between schools and manufacturing companies, creating a mutually beneficial pairing to further education and give companies prospective employees more knowledge of their needs.

One of the most renowned bills passed, however, is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, or the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed on November 6th.

According to whitehouse.gov, “This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads.”

This infrastructure bill is not only meant to increase the quality of life for all Americans, but create fruitful, sustainable jobs for a total of 15 million people over the next decade.

So much has changed in just a year to promote the nation’s cybersecurity, STEM education, and infrastructure in all 50 states. Now is the time to take hold of this progress, and further your own development alongside the country.

Capitol Tech promotes the education of cyber and information security, computer and data science, and digital and manual infrastructure, offering opportunities to pursue countless careers. To learn more about these programs, visit captechu.edu and peruse the various courses and degrees offered. Many courses are available both on campus and online. For more information, contact admissions@captechu.edu.