WALTHAM, MA | April 18, 2014
In a tough job market, why are well-paid technical positions unfilled? How can students best master the skills essential to jobs in manufacturing, computing, and energy? How can educators partner with businesses to match workforce needs? These and other questions will be the focus of an upcoming day-long workshop on effective STEM education strategies and resources. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with EDC, the event is part of a national series of workshops and will be held May 12 at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.
Planned with the Office of Congressman Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), the workshop is expected to draw more than 250 educators, policymakers, business leaders, and STEM thought leaders. The day will include plenary presentations, panels, and interactive breakout sessions to address the role of career and technical education (CTE) in STEM learning and workforce development, and will highlight issues from the field, new research, and innovative resources largely supported by NSF.
“The research shows that more than half of all STEM jobs do not require a bachelor’s degree, and people employed in STEM jobs earn 11 percent higher wages compared with their same-degree counterparts in other jobs,” said EDC Senior Program Manager Barbara Berns. “We also know that there are not enough skilled employees to meet the current—or future—demand.”
Specifically, the workshop will:
- Identify and highlight a group of effective practices and resources used to promote STEM middle-skills preparation
- Inform and support dialogue among stakeholders from CTE schools, community colleges, business, and the policy and research arenas about the substantive issues and related research and resources
- Encourage reflection on how to integrate new information into future research and practice to impact positive change
Selected speakers include Joan Ferrini-Mundy of NSF; Jonathan Rothwell of the Brookings Institution, author of The Hidden STEM Economy; and Dale Allen, vice president for community engagement at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass. Congressman Kennedy will also address the group.
The event is sold out and registration is now closed. More about the program can be found at http://successfulstemeducation.org/events/1291.
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