STEM subjects

Lynda Gonzalez, KUT

This week on Fronteras:

  • Texas lawmakers are making efforts to reverse maternal mortality rates, which are the worst in the U.S., including allowing Medicaid-covered mental health screenings.
  • South Texas college students are getting help from Washington in gaining access to STEM opportunities (9:14).
  • Latina Hollywood composer and Texas native Germaine Franco talks about staying true to Mexican influences when orchestrating music for “Coco” (11:59).


St. Mary’s University and the Alamo Colleges’ Northeast Lakeview College are among the 13 Texas-based education establishments that have, together, been awarded almost a million dollars in grants for summer youth camps focused on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Through these 13 grants, totaling $938,104, the Texas Workforce Commission, a state agency that works separately and together with local workforce development boards to essentially help Texan employers, workers and communities progress economically, hopes to help prepare more than 1,100 14-21 year olds for high-skill, high-demand jobs.