STEM and Women….The Next Big Thing

STEM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, has come to be known as the future focus of education. As the world advances more job opportunities in these fields open up and lie vacant, as there are yet to be qualified people to fill these positions. Kelsey Sheehy and others believe our girls will soon be the ones to take up these jobs as they cannot all be filled by, “white men or engineers from India.”

Fund science; it's key to our economy

Now that Congress is back from its summer recess, members are considering a number of appropriation bills. Priorities are being weighed, and I hope — given our increasingly technological society — scientific research and science education are high on the list.

The Most In-Demand (And Aging) Engineering Jobs

Not pre-med. Not business. Not computer science. The most popular college major choice for high school seniors surveyed by CareerBuilder—the majority of whom already have a career in mind—is engineering.

Five Actions Policymakers Should Take to Spur U.S. Innovation

This week, SIA submitted recommendations about five such initiatives to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Economic Council (NEC). SIA’s comments were in response to a request for information from the White House as it updates its Strategy for American Innovation.

Microsoft, frustrated as ever with H-1B policy, considers options

The company’s argument for access to more high-skilled foreign workers seems unaffected by its recent layoffs, even if the number of H-1B workers it seeks next year is potentially smaller than in some previous years. In 2013, Microsoft, for instance, received approval for 1,048 H-1B visas.

$50.7M awarded to expand and enhance innovative workforce development strategies through the Workforce Innovation Fund

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $50,744,449 in Workforce Innovation Fund grants to improve federal job training programs. The grants will be used to deliver services more efficiently, facilitate cooperation across federal and state workforce programs and funding streams, and expand partnerships with specific employers or industry sectors to develop programs that reflect current and future skill needs.

5 Growing STEM Jobs Where 4 Year Degree Isn’t Required

These 5 growing STEM jobs will make you reconsider taking out those college loans. With continually increasing college tuition rates many people are thinking twice before spending thousands of dollars to get a degree.

The Aerospace Industry's Big Challenge: Attracting Young People

You’d think the aerospace industry—the field that literally designs aircraft and rockets, among other things—would sell itself to kids in the U.S. But it’s not proving quite so easy, according to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which is working on the problem.

STEM Engagement With a Shipbuilding Focus

Ask an engineering student what an ideal job would be and he or she will likely say working for a company like NASA, Google or Boeing. But an overlooked area with the full gamut of opportunities for engineers – from system design to construction support and research and development – also exists within the shipbuilding industry.

Manufacturing Bill Passes House

Tom Reed’s Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, or “RAMI,” passed the House today with a strong showing of support from Members on both sides of the aisle.

5 Myths You Shouldn't Believe About Working in STEM

Some experts believe that the shrinking pool of STEM talent starts in schools, where students aren't given a comprehensive enough curriculum or the proper motivation to excel in these subjects. But others believe that circumstances outside the classroom are really contributing to this perceived absence of qualified workers.

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist. Academic institutions graduate an overabundance of biomedical Ph.D.s — and this imbalance is only getting worse, as research funding from the National Institutes of Health continues to wither.

Aerospace industry decries lack of graduates, diversity

The association has warned of a rush of impending retirements coupled with a shortage of trained technical graduates. While many industries can outsource engineering work or recruit foreign graduates, most design work on U.S. military systems must be done by U.S. citizens.

Engineering is fun: former NASA astronaut on turning dreams into careers

Lawrence pointed out the "leak" in STEM education pipeline. 70% of 4th grade students say that they love math and science; however, the passion wanes as they grow older. Only 21% of 8th grade students say that they want to pursue STEM careers. To fix the "leak," Lawrence suggested showing students the stories of successful professionals and dispel the stereotypes that STEM careers are hard, boring, and usually held by men.

Colleges, Employers Team Up to Train, Hire High-Tech Workers

"Industry is not getting either the quality or quantity of employees they need," says Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. "So they are having to get involved."


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