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OTC chancellor invited to STEM summit in Washington, D.C.

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Ozarks Technical Community College Chancellor Hal Higdon plans to attend a science, technology, engineering and math summit in Washington, D.C.

Higdon was invited by Jeff Weld, senior policy adviser and assistant director of STEM education for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which assists the president and others in the federal executive branch, according to a news release.

In the invitation letter, Weld said the June 25-26 summit will “engage state leaders on federal STEM education plans and the best use of STEM education resources for states to scale successful STEM programs.”

Higdon will be among more than 150 education leaders at the summit, according to the release.

“I look forward to advocating on behalf of Missouri’s community colleges as I convey the importance of career and technical education to my fellow attendees,” Higdon said in the release.

STEM is a focus at OTC, which recently won a ballot proposal for funding used to construct an estimated $20 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology in Springfield.

Higdon joins other area leaders who have been invited to Washington, D.C., this year.

Branson Mayor Karen Best participated in infrastructure discussions in March, and that same month, College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis headed to D.C. for a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump.

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