U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said Monday in an email to constituents that in “2018, nearly 2.4 million STEM jobs went unfilled, largely because STEM education is not readily available for many students.” STEM is the fastest growing sector of the job market; but according to the U.S. Department of Education only 16 percent of American high school students say that they are interested in STEM and test proficient in math.
State economic growth relies on the availability of a workforce capable of filling open positions. But increasingly around the country, one of the top concerns of employers is finding the right talent to fill these roles. Beyond corporate strategies in hiring, states are increasingly developing new initiatives to keep their pipeline of talent flowing.
It isn't often that Alabama's public schools can say they were the first in the world to achieve something spectacular. But one district, Winfield City Schools, can claim that honor, as they are the first school district in the world--yes, the world---to have every school attain STEM certification through the worldwide AdvancEd accreditation agency.