Partnership Will Expand STEM Education

Riverside Unified School District, Riverside Community College and UC Riverside plan to partner to expand STEM opportunities for students

Kim Wilcox, Wolde-Ab Isaac and David Hansen sitting at a table signing agreement.

From left, Kim Wilcox, Wolde-Ab Isaac and David Hansen sign an agreement to create a partnership to expand STEM education in Riverside.

WHAT: The University of California, Riverside and Riverside Unified School District are forming a strategic partnership to expand STEM education and expose more Riverside students to college-level courses at any early age.

WHO: University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Riverside Unified School District Superintendent David Hansen and Riverside City College President Wolde-Ab Isaac.

WHEN: 3 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015.



WHERE: University of California, Riverside, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521, CHASS Interdisciplinary Building South, 1128 Screening Room.


  • 3 p.m., Doors open for the public/refreshments
  • 3:15 p.m., Welcome remarks by UC Riverside Provost Paul D’Anieri
  • 3:20 p.m., Welcome remarks by UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox
  • 3:25 p.m., Remarks by RUSD Superintendent David Hansen
  • 3:30 p.m., Remarks by RCC President Wolde-Ab Isaac
  • 3:35 p.m., Signing of agreement
  • RUSD Board of Education meeting follows
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, Trustee board meets in private session
  • 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Regular board meeting open to the public

VISUALS: Group of Riverside STEM Academy students will join Superintendent Hansen and Chancellor Wilcox on stage during the ceremonial signing of the agreement.

PARKING: Complimentary parking for guests at Lot 1. Map:


  • With an increasing number of jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), preparing a highly-educated workforce in STEM fields is a national and local priority.
  • To meet these workforce needs, Riverside Unified School District will announce the formation of a strategic partnership with University of California, Riverside and Riverside City College to ensure more high school students have early access to hands-on experience in laboratories and specialized STEM guidance at UCR and RCC.
  • By enriching their educational environment, students will build critical thinking skills for college-level work and gain the necessary knowledge to thrive in innovative careers
  • This partnership builds upon the current success of the Riverside STEM Academy, which is operated by RUSD and located less than one mile away from UCR. In addition to enhanced curriculum, the agreement also allows the future possibility for RUSD to develop additional academy space on the UCR campus to accommodate student enrollment growth.

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