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NBC12 VIEWPOINT: STEM Education - Bridging the Gap

By: Kym Grinnage email

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Those weren't my favorite subjects, but if you know what I know, there needs to be a new love connection. Did you know that according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. And although all jobs are expected to grow by 10 percent, STEM jobs are expected to increase by a whopping 20 percent. Also, 80 percent of the jobs in the next decade will require technical skills.

The U.S. Department of Labor claims that out of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected to 2014, 15 of them will require technical skills. But according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics only 16 percent of the bachelor's degrees will specialize in STEM.

Our research also indicates that we need more girls and people of color involved in STEM education. So how can you help? Experience shows that STEM education has more success in our schools when you ask more about it. Also, there are already many partnerships between schools and STEM related businesses that are working well, but there is always a need for more.

So, ask your school principal and school superintendent if you have a partnership with a STEM related business. And if the answer is no, ask how YOU can help make that a yes! And if you are a business leader, check with your schools to see how you can partner.

Our future employees and leaders will not just appear, we have to create them.

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