The World of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

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CT STEM Jobs is a project of the Connecticut Workforce Development Council (the association formed by the state's five Workforce Investment Boards) and is funded by the US Department of Labor. CT STEM Jobs is focused on preparing prospective employees for new careers in STEM-related fields such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, information technology, and energy.

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The World of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

  1. 1. The World of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) A Presentation by the CT STEM Jobs Initiative www.ctstemjobs.org
  2. 2. <ul><li>We must prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist using technologies that haven’t yet been invented in order to solve problems we don’t yet know are problems </li></ul><ul><li>HOW? </li></ul><ul><li>By giving students of all ages the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills employers need now and in the future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Presentation Contents <ul><li>What is STEM? </li></ul><ul><li>Why STEM Matters </li></ul><ul><li>The CT STEM Jobs Initiative </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is STEM?
  5. 5. What does STEM Stand For? <ul><li>S = Science </li></ul><ul><li>T = Technology </li></ul><ul><li>E = Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>M = Mathematics </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples of STEM Fields <ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why STEM Matters
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important….to succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, all students need to develop their capabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” </li></ul><ul><li>- The National Science Foundation </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Demand for engineers is increasing at three times the rate of other professions 1 </li></ul><ul><li>15% of college graduates in the U.S. are attaining degrees in the natural sciences and engineering </li></ul><ul><li>50% of college graduates in China are attaining degrees in these fields 2 </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>During the 1960’s, STEM education experienced a boom as the United States came together to become the first nation to reach the moon </li></ul><ul><li>New ‘Moon Missions’ are happening today – in STEM fields like renewable energy, computing, and nanotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>Will the United States get there first? </li></ul>
  11. 11. STEM occupations extend far beyond the “lab coats” stereotype
  12. 12. <ul><li>STEM Jobs are Growing…. </li></ul><ul><li>Every one of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics top 18 “fastest-growing occupations” requires solid STEM skills 3 </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>… .And Pay Well </li></ul><ul><li>As a group, STEM workers earn about 70% more than the national average </li></ul>
  14. 14. The CT STEM Jobs Initiative
  15. 15. CT STEM Jobs <ul><li>“ Connecticut's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Center “ </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: To prepare youth and adults for new careers in STEM-related fields crucial to Connecticut’s economic competitiveness </li></ul>
  16. 16. CT STEM Jobs: Something for Everyone <ul><li>For Jobseekers </li></ul><ul><li>STEM Coaches and Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Career exploration resources and planning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Free online STEM and job readiness courses </li></ul><ul><li>For Students and Parents </li></ul><ul><li>A directory of CT STEM programs </li></ul><ul><li>Information about college STEM programs </li></ul>
  17. 17. CT STEM Jobs: Something for Everyone <ul><li>For Educators </li></ul><ul><li>An inventory of teacher training and educational resources </li></ul><ul><li>STEM-related news, events, and success stories </li></ul><ul><li>For Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to help build a skilled workforce </li></ul><ul><li>STEM-related events and opportunities </li></ul>
  18. 18. CTSTEMJOBS.ORG
  19. 19. CT STEM Jobs Partners <ul><li>5 CT Workforce Investment Boards </li></ul><ul><li>CT Office for Workforce Competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>CT Dept. of Labor </li></ul><ul><li>State Dept. of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Education System </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. of Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Community College System </li></ul><ul><li>Tech High School System </li></ul><ul><li>CT Distance Learning Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>CT Academy for Education in Math, Science & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>CT Science Center </li></ul><ul><li>CT Center for Advanced Technology </li></ul><ul><li>CT Business & Industry Association </li></ul><ul><li>CT Dept of Economic and Community Development </li></ul><ul><li>Nine regional chambers of commerce & business councils </li></ul>
  20. 20. To Learn More <ul><li>Visit www.ctstemjobs.org </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Michael Nogelo – 203.772.2050 x28 </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the STEM Coach in your region: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern CT - Susan Lewis - 860.884.0646 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North Central CT - Dan Garewski - 860.522.1111 ext. 329 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Central CT - Debra Vazquez - 203.867.4030 ext. 211 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southwest CT - Angela Porter - 203.610.8542 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest CT - Kevin Canady - 860-496-3302 </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. References <ul><li>Gasbarra, P. & Johnson, J. (2008). Out before the game begins: Hispanic leaders talk about what’s needed to bring more Hispanic youngsters into science, technology, and math professions. Retrieved from http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/outbefore.PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Freeman, C.W. (2008). China’s real three challenges to the U.S. Retrieved from http://www.theglobalist.com/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=5770 </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic and Employment Projections , Table 7. The 30 Fastest-Growing Occupations, 2008-18. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t07.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Terrell, Nicholas (2007). Occupational Outlook Quarterly, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Occupations”. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2007/spring/art04.pdf </li></ul>

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