Elm Street Elementary School in Rome has become the first school in Floyd County to be named STEM certified.  The school becomes just the 21st in the state of Georgia to be honored with the recognition.

A ceremony was held at the school on Monday.

As a STEM-certified school, Elm Street will qualify for more additional grants.

STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Discussion of STEM-related programs has become a presidential priority because too few college students are pursuing degrees in these fields. The U.S. Department of Labor expects that there will be 1.2 million job openings in STEM related fields by 2018, but there won’t be enough qualified graduates to fill them.