The demand for skilled workers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is growing. The following resources describe a diverse set of efforts and pathways to support education and training in STEM.
Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 2017 This report provides descriptive findings on employment in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors and the status of STEM education within a 27 county region of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. “The stated goal of this Appalachian initiative is to produce a long-term, sustainable effort to build the pool of local workers for jobs in..these sectors.” The report describes a working-age population decline in the region, as well as disparate pay between STEM workers versus those nationally. Importantly, they also find that “local institutions exceeded the national average in the percentage of students gaining certificates…and…degrees in STEM fields. Across all institutions, 16 percent of graduates were in STEM-related fields, as compared to 12 percent nationwide.
Building Early College Pathways to STEM Careers: Bridgeport Tries a New Tack to Meet Employer Demand for Skilled Workers. 2017. This brief describes the design and implementation of the STEM Early College Expansion Partnership in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which aims to create career pathways in advanced manufacturing and health care for underserved high school students. “The idea is to make learning more relevant to students by matching the curriculum with the knowledge and skills they would need on the job.. and to promote college and career success for students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a history of success in neither. The brief identifies four emerging lessons and challenges to meet employer demands as: “Small costs can be significant barriers to students;” “Attrition highlights the need for clear expectations and strong support systems;” “Gender diversity in manufacturing is a continuing goal;” and “Covering tuition and other costs is an ongoing challenge.”
National STEM Consortium Evaluation Final Report. 2015. This resource examines a STEM certificate initiative spanning 10 colleges around the country and funded by a Department of Labor DOL Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. “The overarching goal of the National STEM Consortium NSC is to assist participants in securing new employment by equipping them with technical skills and providing job placement support.” The study found that “NSC students who completed their programs have been successful in finding relevant employment.” “According to NSC staff, approximately 70% of completers have found employment.”