Luján Announces Native New Mexican, Recent STEM Graduate As State Of Union Guest
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that Alejandra Montoya-Boyer, a Native New Mexican and recent STEM graduate was his guest at President Obama’s final State of the Union Address tonight.
Montoya-Boyer, a native New Mexican, is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Secondary Education Graduate Fellow. She has served as a fellow in Luján’s Washington, D.C. office.
“I am pleased that Alejandra will be my guest for the State of the Union. As a Hispanic woman with a strong tech background, Alejandra is a testament to what can happen when we inspire New Mexicans to follow their dreams and give back to their communities by studying STEM.” Luján said. “To do what’s best for New Mexico and the entire nation, we need to invest, promote, and support STEM education for all students, while ensuring that they can afford to attend college.
“With college costs rising and more and more students and their families taking on debt to afford a college education, I hope that President Obama recognizes this serious issue in his address to the nation.
“In today’s world, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degree often translates into high-paying, in-demand jobs. To remain competitive, the United States and New Mexico must prepare its students for a 21st century economy by supporting and promoting STEM education. For many New Mexicans, post-secondary education is one of the most valuable investments a family can make–however, for many, student loan debt has become too burdensome.”