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Retaining Women and Minorities at STEM Companies

Plenty of outreach efforts have been focused on sparking an interest in STEM among elementary and middle-school students, and academics and industry leaders alike have carefully tracked the number of degrees in science, technology, engineering and math awarded to women and minority students. But what are employers doing to recruit and retain those hires in the short term?

What I Learned By Asking 100 School Kids About The Future Of Work

I really didn’t have any expectations, save for feedback like ‘flying cars’, ‘moon based offices’, like a cross between the Jetsons and Star Trek. What I got back was so grounded and well thought out its made me challenge just how we seem to approach our own thinking about the future.

To build a STEM workforce, listen to the scientists

A solid majority of scientists surveyed (53 percent) said hands-on experience — such as internships and summer jobs — was the most important factor in landing a full-time STEM job. In fact, they report it was more important to their careers than the reputation of their college, their degree or their career networking. Consider that for a moment. Some of America’s best scientists say that neither the reputation of their college, the credibility lent by their degree or years of career networking could match the transformative power of being exposed to the real-world application of science early in their lives.

First lady: Career, technical studies offer students options

A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the White House on Tuesday. Pursuing career and technical education programs after high school can still offer professional skills for high-demand jobs "at a fraction of the time, and more importantly, a fraction of the cost," Mrs. Obama said.

The 21st Century Has Really Not Been Great For Women And Minorities In STEM

Teens of all stripes are glued to their smartphones, but, per a new study out today from U.S. News and World Report and Raytheon, while 15% of high school boys surveyed were interested in a career in technology, only 2% of girls thought a job in tech sounded appealing. Similarly, while 31% of boys thought jobs in engineering sounded good, only 3% of girls were interested.

6 jobs with good pay and great prospects — if you’ve got the degree

The STEM fields figure into many of the jobs with the best prospects in the near-term future. The occupations listed here are those that have projected growth of at least 20%, with an additional 50,000 or more jobs added by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. In addition, these positions have higher average salaries than others, usually $55,000 and up. They also require at least a bachelor’s degree.

Wal-Mart, educators, entrepreneurs tout need for STEM education

At any given time Wal-Mart Stores said it has 800 or more openings for coders and information technology (IT) systems architects at its corporate offices in Bentonville. And that doesn’t include similar workforce needs at the 14 headquarters it maintains around the world.

How NASA Broke The Gender Barrier In STEM

The convergence of open data and female leadership has the potential to challenge traditional decision making across sectors and facilitate more data-driven and collaborative approaches in creating new ventures and solving problems. Datanauts was born out of NASA’s open-data priorities as a means to bring more women to the open-data table. While the program is intended for women and men, the founding class is made up entirely of women to encourage other female techies and makers to take the "data leap," as Beth Beck, Open Innovation program manager at NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, calls it.

What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

Unfortunately for young women in science, top male scientists may feel that taking on women as trainees could be more trouble than it’s worth. A 2014 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that on average, male scientists train fewer women than female scientists do. This trend is exaggerated for elite male scientists; their labs are even more biased toward men, but the gender bias is not observed in top labs with female heads.

America's unwanted Ivy-League graduates flock to technology boom in India

The two governments don't keep tech-sector reverse-migration data. But Sonali Jain, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, who studies the phenomenon, calls this "a very upbeat moment in time for India" that encourages homecomings. The constraints of the U.S. H-1B visa program do that too. Microsoft, Google, Intel and others have been lobbying Congress for years to lift the annual cap on the number of foreign nationals who can get into the country and be employed on these skilled-worker visas, but lawmakers haven't budged.

STEM field leads employment rates for graduates

In the United States 5.4 percent of the population is unemployed, however, in California that number is 6.3 percent, which means 1,199,100 of the state’s 18,953,700 workers in the labor force are out of work. Nieves graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has been unemployed for nearly a year, since he graduated from SFSU last year. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, fields have seen the opposite effect and all have seen their employment statistics rise recently.

The high school diploma not a ticket any more to middle class lifestyle

“Years ago, students were graduating high school and they were getting good jobs, in the automotive industry, in manufacturing,” said Jose Luis Fernandez, dean of academic affairs at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. “Now, unfortunately, industry is requiring a higher set of skills right now in most skills and students graduating out of high school won’t have the sufficient experience nor the skills necessary in industry.”

Class of 2015 needs more than high school diploma, experts say

“Years ago, students were graduating high school and they were getting good jobs, in the automotive industry, in manufacturing,” said Jose Luis Fernandez, dean of academic affairs at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. “Now, unfortunately, industry is requiring a higher set of skills right now in most skills and students graduating out of high school won’t have the sufficient experience nor the skills necessary in industry.”

Why Manufacturing Is Vital To Engineering Education

Even if a U.S. company outsources production, it still needs highly skilled professionals who understand the manufacturing process. Yet colleges and universities are not educating enough students to fill even the current available positions in manufacturing. According to the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), there is a serious skill gap in the U.S. manufacturing workforce—from technician to engineer to manager.

Manufacturing opportunities for Women

Taken from a survey published by the Women in Manufacturing community, "more than 80 percent of women in manufacturing reported that their work was interesting and challenging. Half of the women said that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector and 74 percent of women working in manufacturing agreed that the industry offered multiple job roles for women."

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