10-10-05_04 Michael Power: NH Workforce


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  • Introduce Background Praise roster of speakers Bringing small business employers into STEM will grow support Simple points to talk about today
  • Acknowledge the national groups now engaged because of the work by speakers and people in the room Acknowledge the legislation now before Congress STEM is the future. (Change the Equation) STEM education is an economic imperative. Experts say that technological innovation accounted for almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM.  STEM literacy has a profound and growing impact on our day-to-day lives. It helps us make critical decisions about our health care, our finances and our retirement. It illuminates the ever more complex issues that govern the future of our democracy, and it reveals to us the beauty and power of the world we inhabit. A literate nation not only reads. It computes, investigates and innovates. Most small business employers do not know about STEM world but they DO know they need skilled workers: In 2009, just 34 percent of U.S. 8th graders were rated proficient or higher in a national math assessment, and more than one in four scored below the basic level. In an international exam given in 2006, U.S. high school students ranked 21st out of 30 industrialized nations in science and 25th in math. Only 43 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2010 were ready for college work in math and 29 percent were ready in science. Most small business owners are acutely aware of the need to train workers in STEM practices in their own business.
  • 10-10-05_04 Michael Power: NH Workforce

    1. 1. STEM and Workforce “ From the Shop Floor” Michael Power New Hampshire Office of Workforce Opportunity
    2. 2. What Employers Need To Know STEM IS Training To Understand the Classroom CAN BE Anywhere A Business Plan Approach to Training What Employers Want Stand Up, Speak Up, Show Up, Respect Work Remedial Assessment & Training Career Paths Clearly Defined
    3. 3. WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED STEMforce To Learn that STEM IS Training: P-16 Programs – More Employer Participation/Support Community College Programs – Business Goes to School Colleges & University STEM Initiative Awareness To Understand the Classroom/STEMforce Challenge: STEM Teacher Shortages - You Get What You Pay For and More Inspiring Parents & Students Clearly Defining Each Career Path
    4. 4. <ul><li>WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT </li></ul><ul><li>Soft Skills In STEM for Work </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing Assessment & Credentialing </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Career Path Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cross Training for Educators and Employers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. STEM on the Shop Floor A National Job Training Fund for STEM Job Corps STEM Participation STEM/MEP FIRST in Every School (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology ) STEM/STAR Programs with Incentives STEM/OJT National Emergency Grants National STEM/Job Match