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Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) introduced legislation refining the HOPE scholarship to reward Georgia college students for taking rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math courses. The legislation directs the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to select bachelor-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to receive extra weight for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA while a student attends college. Identified core and major courses must be determined to be academically rigorous and required by or lead to jobs in high demand STEM fields. “This initiative will encourage our young people to develop the 21st century skills demanded in STEM fields and make Georgia even more competitive in attracting high tech companies to locate and expand in our state,” said Rep. Jones. The north Fulton legislator said she drew inspiration from Governor Nathan Deal’s earlier creation of the Strategic Industries Workforce Grants, which rewards students entering high demand programs offered by state technical colleges....READ MORE