Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep McSally Introduces Bill to Support U of A Mining Program & Fill STEM Skills Gap

April 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation to close the skills gap in our workforce by supporting schools, like the University of Arizona, that have mining programs which train and educate the next generation of mining and mineral experts.

“Our nation has a shortage of mining engineers, but very little resources are currently invested in institutions like the University of Arizona that train them. That just doesn’t make sense. How can we train more engineers without hiring qualified experts to do so?” said Congresswoman McSally. “This bipartisan bill addresses that problem by directing existing resources to support these universities so they can hire the faculty they need to fill the skills gap in the mining workforce. Mining is fundamental to our economy and our national defense—supporting construction, electronics, and even advanced weaponry. We must make mining a priority.”

The Mining Schools Enhancement Act directs the federal government to distribute 50 percent of existing funding already made available through the Applied Science Tech Transfer Program to accredited mining schools, including the University of Arizona, to enhance and support those educational programs and involve more undergraduate and graduate students in this critical research.

“I applaud Congresswoman McSally’s leadership in introducing legislation to support ABET-accredited mining programs,” said University of Arizona President Ann Hart. “The UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering is training the next generation and providing cutting edge research in environmentally sustainable mining and mineral use, which helps us fulfill our land-grant mission.”  

The University of Arizona is one of only fourteen mining programs in the country.

To view the legislative text, CLICK HERE