WASHINGTON — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced he will host Bethlehem Gronneberg, founder and CEO of uCodeGirl, as his guest at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

uCodeGirl is a non-profit organization in Fargo providing tech education and enrichment for young women, empowering them to pursue careers in software development and engineering. Gronneberg delivered a featured presentation on the organization’s work at Hoeven’s 2017 State of Technology Conference, which he hosts each year with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to her work with uCodeGirl, Gronneberg serves on Gov. Doug Burgum's Innovative Education Task Force of North Dakota and as an adjunct instructor of computer science at Concordia College in Moorhead. She was recently named the 2018 YWCA Woman of the Year in Science and Technology, was honored by the Women Economic Forum, a global conference for women leaders and entrepreneurs, and was a recipient of the 2016 Bush Foundation Fellowship.

Hoeven worked through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee to help secure the following funds in fiscal year 2019:

  • $1.2 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, which can be used by all school districts to support STEM education.

  • Dedicated STEM funding within the Education Innovation and Research program.

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