Interested in STEM, or the fact that by by 2018 the United States is expected to have more than 1.2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations but not qualified people to fill them?

Bill Kurtz, CEO of DSST Public Schools, a high-performing Denver charter school network, will testify before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education at 8 a.m. (Colorado time) Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The subcommittee hearing is called “Raising the Bar: Reviewing STEM Education in America.” Other speakers — or witnesses, as they’re called — are Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science in Boston, Boston; Steve Schneider, senior program director of WestEd in San Francisco; and George Scott, director for education at Workforce and Income Security Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C. And, it’s important to point out that Colorado’s own Rep. Jared Polis serves on the subcommittee.

Kurtz will discuss the key action steps DSST Public Schools is taking to ensure that its students are prepared for post-secondary study and careers in STEM. Additionally, he will address “DSST’s healthy and collaborative relationship with Denver Public Schools, and key thoughts on how to best replicate the success of schools like DSST,” according to a DSST press release.

Watch the live webcast by visiting the Education and Workforce webpage and clicking on “view the live webcast.”