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Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

The University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon, along with other interested parties like Google, have programs to train high school teachers to teach computer science and host camps and mentoring sessions for young students. The programs are not all gender-specific, but end up recruiting girls because they are less likely to pursue technology classes otherwise, said Lenore Blum, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon.

Tech diversity? There's no app for that

Silicon Valley companies are supposed to disrupt cozy business relationships and empower the creative-minded with cutting-edge technology. But in one key respect — its hiring practices — Silicon Valley is very much the old guard.

Where Geeks Got the Biggest Pay Raises: Top 16 U.S. Metro Areas

It's a real estate maxim that also applies to those who work in science and technology: Location, location, location. Where you work, geographically speaking, can have a significant impact on the amount of your pay increases.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Awards $2.5 Million to Nation's Future STEM Leaders

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, today announced new scholarships totaling up to $2.5 million to 100 recipients pursuing careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields related to the automotive industry.

What a young girl can learn from Utah women about STEM education and careers

Utah's Prosperity 2020 STEM Education Initiative is working to tap into the curiosity of young girls and boys to ready them for STEM careers, a place were women are underrepresented.

Manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is extremely important in building a skilled talent pool for the manufacturing sector. We spoke with three representatives in our July webinar, Manufacturing Companies and an Educated Workforce, about their efforts to build effective STEM education programs.

National 4-H Council and HughesNet Ask America to Vote to "Inspire a Future Scientist"

Young people from around the country submitted videos of up to 15 seconds to demonstrate their love of science and show how science is connected to everyday life. Americans can now visit www.4-h.org/about/partners/hughesnetinspireafuturescientist.aspx and cast their ballot for the winning video. The voting deadline is August 1, 2014.

In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven

In Mississippi, this technology access gap only compounds the state’s most persistent educational problems. In the 2011-12 school year, only 75 percent of students graduated in four years, compared to the national average of 80 percent. After students graduate, they often struggle to find jobs.

Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

The sector comprises 12 percent of the overall economy and greater investments in community colleges and trade schools are necessary. Stronger STEM emphasis in primary and secondary schools in addition to a renewed emphasis on shop classes will help build vocational skills.

What the Robot Apocalypse Will Mean for IT, Jobs and Work

Robots are coming, and they will eventually take many of our jobs. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, though, think about how your skills (and, for that matter, your children's skills) can be applied to work that machines will never be able to do.

Getting a science degree doesn't guarantee a science career

"STEM graduates have relatively low unemployment, however these graduates are not necessarily employed in STEM occupations," said Liana Christin Landivar, a sociologist in the Census Bureau's Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch. Those who are working in STEM fields tend to be men. The numbers show that about 86% of engineers and 74% of computer professionals are men.

Tech industries need more female workers

With women representing only 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce, we need to stop waiting for the next generation of girls to "happen upon" technology and discover what could be their greatest talent, passion and lucrative career.

Surge of STEM-educated hires paints optimistic picture for federal IT

Nearly 40 percent of all federal hires in 2013 had an educational background in science, technology, engineering and math — referred to as STEM. While a good chunk of those pursued careers in medical, dental and public health fields, Tim McManus, the vice president of education and outreach for PPS, said many took jobs involving the technology backbone of the federal government.

The Stagnating Job Market for Young Scientists

Young scientists spend most of their work lives gathering and crunching data. So it seems especially unfair that when it comes to the job hunt, they’re forced to fly mostly blind. Ph.D. programs don’t usually track their graduates’ employment outcomes.

Majority of STEM grads don’t work in STEM jobs

Three out of four (74 percent) of those who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM jobs, according to a new report Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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