UC Davis Research for CARSA

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UC Davis Research for CARSA

  1. 1. Capital Area Regional STEM Alliance Research June 22, 2012 1
  2. 2. Purpose of the EvaluationTo answer the following research questions:1. What are the employment projections and needs of the targeted industry sectors over the next 5-10 years?2. To what extent do regional K-12 systems have programs in place to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to proceed along a path within these sectors?
  3. 3. Purpose of the EvaluationTo answer the following research questions:3. What undergraduate and graduate level programs of study are offered in local higher education institutions that provide career path preparation in the selected STEM sectors?
  4. 4. How will we answer these questions?We will be talking to:• Industry representatives• K-12 District representatives• College/University representatives
  5. 5. Results from first focus groupWhat jobs in your sector are most likely to beareas of growth in the next 5-15 years?Agribusiness• Plant Breeders – Largest growth• Seed technician• Crop protection
  6. 6. Results from first focus groupWhat jobs in your sector are most likely to beareas of growth in the next 5-15 years?Clean Technology• Line workers• Mechanical, electrical, civil, power systems engineers• People who understand IT
  7. 7. Results from first focus groupWhat jobs in your sector are most likely to beareas of growth in the next 5-15 years?Health Technology• People who understand IT• Primary care providers (beyond doctors)• Imaging technology• Customer service reps• Management
  8. 8. Results from first focus groupWhat are the key job skills an employee needs tobe successful in these jobs?• Understanding data• Systems thinking• “Soft skills” (e.g. critical thinking, communication, leadership, ability to work in teams, etc.)
  9. 9. Results from first focus groupWhat are the key job skills an employee needs tobe successful in these jobs?• Conflict-resolution• Know/understand algebra• Behavioral skills (e.g. when faced with a challenge, how do you handle it, etc.)
  10. 10. Contact InformationAlyssa Okita, Evaluation AnalystCenter for Education and Evaluation Servicesaokita@ucdavis.edu530-752-1350Terry Westover, DirectorCenter for Education and Evaluation Servicestnwestover@ucdavis.edu530-754-9523

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