(Extensions of Remarks - February 14, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E145]
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                             HON. TOM REED

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Mr. REED. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Time Warner Cable 
for its Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative. This program is 
designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by 
connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, 
engineering, and math (STEM) outside of the classroom.
  This campaign includes original public service announcements and 
programming, grants to support nonprofit organizations that introduce 
students to STEM, and the creation of ``The Connectory,'' a one-of-a-
kind resource that allows parents to find kid-centric STEM learning 
opportunities in their own backyards. The CAMM initiative also 
encourages Time Warner Cable employees to volunteer at science fairs, 
robotics competitions, and local Connect a Million Minds events.
  The STEM fields have become increasingly important for the 
development of our country as the world continues to modernize at a 
rapid pace. The performance of U.S. students in STEM subjects has 
fallen behind their international peers. Today, more and more employers 
report having a difficult time finding qualified applicants for STEM 
jobs. This problem will continue to grow as it is estimated that the 
number of jobs in STEM fields will increase 17% by 2018. Given this 
figure, it is difficult to understate the importance of STEM education 
for both our nation's collective economic future and the future of our 
nation's students.
  The CAMM program has focused resources across several Congressional 
Districts, including the 23rd District of New York. With increased 
attention and support from community and industry leaders that will 
someday hire students in STEM fields, programs like CAMM are critical 
to building a pool of future qualified employees. I commend Time Warner 
Cable for its CAMM initiative; and I want my colleagues to understand 
the importance of such initiatives and their positive impact on all of 
our communities.