CHICAGO (CBS) — Rahm Emanuel has been able to build a career as an investment banker, congressman, top White House aide, and mayor of Chicago after majoring in dance in college, and getting a master’s degree in speech and theater; but he said such a success story would not be possible today without some education in technology.
The mayor has announced a partnership between Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Exelon to provide STEM programs (an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for high schoolers at IIT.
The five-year, $2.6 million program will provide college credit for at least 300 students, to help defray the ever-increasing cost of college tuition. Students also will receive access to summer internships, mentoring, and admissions guidance counselors.
Emanuel said, in today’s high-tech world, his liberal arts education might not be sufficient for college students. The mayor said studying ballet had its advantages when he was younger, but technology and science are part of what it takes to make it in more recent years.
“You didn’t mention the fact that I can’t turn on my TV without my 16-year-old, which a STEM education would have helped,” Emanuel joked.