EDC’s Joyce Malyn-Smith discusses the role community colleges can have in improving the United States’ competitive edge in the global marketplace by training workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
Engaging the interest and passion of young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is the goal of educators, researchers, and policymakers attending the eighth annual ITEST Summit, March 3–4, 2011 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia.
The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program includes more than 181 projects across 41 states that help young people and teachers build the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a technologically rich society. The ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC supports these projects and is showcasing a selection of their contributions to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and workforce development.
EDC will design a four-year law and justice program and develop curriculum for high schools throughout California, with $2 million in funding from the San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation. The new program will integrate existing resources, build connections to potential careers, and address California state and national standards.
Working with academic deans from eight seminaries in the Midwest Association of Theological Schools, EDC recently identified nine major responsibilities of a Roman Catholic priest. The resulting In Fulfillment of Their Mission describes duties that include teaching the faith, celebrating liturgy and sacraments, and leading parish administration.
To establish these newer skill standards, EDC staff analyzed 10 biomanufacturing jobs, gathering information through a series of workshops held at EDC and NHCTC for people currently employed at biotechnology companies.
Educators hoping to prepare young people for contemporary workplaces have always struggled with the challenge of a moving target. And the target is moving increasingly faster—thanks to the impact technology is having on nearly every career.
Faced with the challenge of designing a program that would bring current business issues into the high school classroom, a team of EDC curriculum writers and researchers began their work in an assembly plant.