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Western Illinois University will offer a week-long summer camp for junior high-age girls to grow their interest in mathematics.

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Aug 9, 2012

Illinois manufacturers have many unfilled jobs despite the number of job-seekers

Blanche Shoup, director of the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois, says many applicants lack specific skills, including math aptitude.

She says, “Math is absolutely critical and that's one of the areas that we score the lowest when it comes to evaluating the quality of our workforce.  Math is always a challenge.”

An Illinois House education panel okayed a plan that would change math standards for middle and high school students.

The measure was developed by Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. It would require the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum that includes an extra year of math in high schools. Currently only three years are required by the state, though many schools already require four years.

Simon has visited each of the state's 48 community colleges and said she repeatedly heard students lacked math skills.