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The Paradox of STEM Training

Recent statistics seem to point to an overabundance of STEM graduates, and yet there is negative unemployment in some tech careers. Why the discrepancy between supply and demand?

Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don't get hired

Top universities turn out black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

Few students take AP STEM exams

The top five states with graduating students who had passed one or more AP STEM exams were Massachusetts (16.0%), Maryland (15.9%), Connecticut (15.4%), Virginia (13.9%), New York (13.7%), and New Jersey (13.1%). In most of the best-performing states, not even one in six high school graduates had passed an AP STEM exam.

Most employed 2014 college grads in jobs that don't require degree

About half of the graduating class of 2014 has already found gainful employment. But a survey by jobs site CareerBuilder.com has found about half of those people are working in jobs that do not require a college degree.

Number of Women Rises 5% at Microsoft

The number of women who make up Microsoft's global workforce jumped 5 percent over the last year, although the percentage of female workers at the company still remains only 29 percent. The figures come from Microsoft's latest figures on corporate diversity, which it released alongside the launch of a new "Global Diversity and Inclusion" Web site.

Chevron funds study targeting hurdles to STEM curriculum

With 700 workers employed in gas drilling operations in the tri-state region surrounding Pittsburgh, energy giant Chevron believes it has a significant stake in whether current middle and high school students are adequately prepared for careers in the gas and drilling sector.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces New Members to Serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the 27 individuals who have been selected to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). NACIE members will advise the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.

To Close the Tech Talent Gap, We Need to Rethink Education

For one thing, it’s about revamping the way we think about and approach education. Currently, our education system forces students to limit themselves to a particular set of areas of study and career paths. Many of the panelists agree that – from teaching practices to the greater education policies at hand – education lies at the foundation of closing the talent gap that exists in technology.

How A National Network Can Spur Manufacturing Innovation

For the first time in more than 10 years both manufacturing output and employment are increasing. Since the end of the recession, the manufacturing sector has created more than 700,000 jobs and currently supports a total of 16 million U.S. jobs, according to NIST. Careers in manufacturing include those of engineers, designers and computer programmers, and the average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000 a year.

Inspire students for future in manufacturing technology

To fill these manufacturing jobs, educators and industry leaders must collaborate to introduce young people to the high-tech, high-skilled world of modern manufacturing and the STEM subjects that will prepare them to succeed. Real-world experiences with business and industry are an important part of making this connection.

Survey: Young Adults Are Unaware Of Cybersecurity Profession

Millennials aged 18 to 26 understand the importance of protecting themselves online and the majority take steps to do so, the poll of 1,000 young adults, found. But while this awareness has sparked an interest in Internet security, more than six in 10 of the respondents were unaware of the cybersecurity profession and what the job entailed.

President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition

As part of the effort to build on the progress made and highlight the need for continued investment in American manufacturing, the President is announcing today a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense, and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.

How We Solve the Tech Industry’s Gender Gap

There are many reasons why tech companies have a diversity problem. I don’t, by any means, discount that male-dominated organizations have a natural hiring bias, or that sexist “brogrammer” culture drives women away. Data clearly shows that tech companies do a worse job retaining (or promoting) female employees.

Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

Are we producing too few or too many science and technology grads?

This strange situation—a simultaneous glut and shortage—is what the NYAS report calls the "STEM paradox." Both problems are real, and they're the result of mismatched priorities. As Jeanne Dunn, vice president of Learning at Cisco put it when the report was introduced, when it comes to STEM graduates, "there's a huge imbalance of talent—where they are and the types of things they are skilled in."

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