McAuliffe bill to increase number of STEM degrees becomes law

A bill sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe that became law as the regular session of the Legislature ended is designed to increase the number of degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill April 23 that McAuliffe says will increase access to four-year college degrees in the STEM fields.

McAuliffe said in a press release that the bill would provide “an additional pathway for students to access educational opportunities that lead to high demand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.”

McAuliffe said that the bill “aligns high-demand secondary STEM or Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with applied baccalaureate programs.”

Community and technical colleges put STEM baccalaureate degrees within reach for middle- and lower-income students, said McAuliffe, who describes herself as an unwavering STEM curriculum advocate. “This new law connects these students with the opportunity for in-demand careers by offering STEM degrees.”

She said that the new law requires the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to select colleges to develop and offer two programs of study that lead to applied baccalaureate degrees. These programs must support the continuation of high-quality STEM or CTE programs offered to students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are prepared and aspire to continue in these high-demand areas in college and the workforce.

She noted that community and technical colleges offer 13 applied bachelors’ degrees at eight community- and technical-college campuses around the state.

McAuliffe represents the 1st Legislative District, including most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, north Kirkland, unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland, and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell.

Evan Smith can be reached at

More in Local News

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Marysville hit-and-run leaves man with broken bones

The state patrol has asked for help solving an increasing number of hit-and-run cases in the state.

Everett man killed at bar had criminal history, gang ties

A bar employee reportedly shot Matalepuna Malu, 29, whose street name was “June Bug.”

There’s plenty to cheer in overdue capital budget

In Snohomish County, there’s money for a number of projects.

Parking a constant problem at Wallace Falls State Park

There’s a study under way on how to tackle that issue and others.

Front Porch

EVENTS Autoharpist in Everett Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller returns… Continue reading

Most Read