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Live Stream for Today's Global STEM Talent Summit #GSTS2016

Today's the big day! We're at Gallup HQ in Washington, DC for the Global STEM Talent Summit. If you're not able to join us, no worries! We have a live video stream on our YouTube page and embedded right below here on the blog. Check out the press release to learn more about the Summit, follow along with the program to find today's schedule of events, and join the conversation on social media using #GSTS2016!

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STEMconnector® To Release 100 CEO Leaders in STEM this Thursday at #GSTS2016!

STEMconnector®, the one-stop shop for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers, releases its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication this Thursday, April 28th at the Global STEM Talent Summit. The book features Chief Executive Officers who offer their unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce. As leaders of companies in STEM-related industries, these 100 CEOs offer a unique perspective on those issues and share initiatives that they are currently working on in their respective companies. “A crisis can be a crucible that forges moral leadership,” said Dale Jones, CEO of Diversified Search. The publication will also be released electronically and will be available at www. STEMconnector.org/100CEOs.

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Event Program for the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit

From keynote addresses by the Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Joanne Waldstreicher, to the release of STEMconnector's 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication, and to exciting panels with industry STEM leaders, this Thursday's Global STEM Talent Summit has a full day planned of critical STEM discussions. Check out the full program listed below. For individuals unable to join us in-person, a live steam of the event will be available for remote viewing, and we encourage you to join this conversation on social media using #GSTS2016!

2016 Global STEM Talent Summit Event Program

Master of Ceremonies: Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College, Chairman, SHEC

7:30-8:30am Registration Opens

8:30-8:45am Welcome to the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit:

  • Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors
  • Lorena Fimbres, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, STEMconnector

Announcement of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM: Sponsored by Bank of America - Merrill Lynch

8:45-9:15am Global STEM Talent Pipeline - The Burning Problem

  • Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Chair, GSTS

9:15-9:45am Global Jobs Report 2015

  • Jon Clifton, Managing Partner, Gallup

9:45-10:45am Panel 1: Career-Focused Experiential Learning: An Unlock For STEM 2.0

  • Al Bunshaft, Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systemes Government Solutions
  • Martin Scaglione, President & CEO, Hope Street Group
  • George Moore, EVP, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning
  • Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Moderator: Frank Sesno, Director-School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

10:45-11:00am Networking Break

11:00-12:00pm Panel 2: Professional Development Models for Retaining High-Skill Workers

  • John Staines, Human Resources Officer-Global Information Technology, Cigna
  • Steve Rae, Chief Professional Development Officer, Apollo Education Group
  • Jenny Morr, Assistant Vice President-Technology & Development, AT&T
  • Sharon Wibben, Senior Vice President-Global HR, Walmart
  • DeEtte Gray, President, Intelligence & Security, BAE Systems
  • Moderator: John Hughes, Editor, Bloomberg LLP, Former President of National Press Club

12:00-1:00pm Lunch: Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Chair, GSTS

Keynote Address—Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare Talent

  • Dr. Joanne Waldstreicher, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Keynote Address—Fire Side Chat - Technology Talent for All

  • Surya Kant, President-North America, UK and Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors

1:00-2:00pm 3: Industry Specific Needs for STEM Talent

  • Gary Eppinger, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Carnival
  • Melissa Harper, Vice President Talent Acquisition & Chief Diversity Officer, Monsanto
  • Ray Dempsey, Vice President & Head of External Affairs, BP
  • Allyson Knox, Director of Education Policy & Programs, Microsoft
  • Sean Healy, Senior Vice President-Strategic Planning & Engineering, FedEx Freight
  • Moderator: Kevin Krolicki, Bureau Chief, Thomson-Reuters in Washington

2:00-3:00pm  4: Effective Utilization of STEM Information Resources - Featuring the Launch of the STEM Talent Resource Hub

  • Recognition of Jane Oates, Vice President, Apollo Education

Panel:

  • Sarah Harris, General Counsel, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • William J. Wiatrowski, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Matt Sigelman, Chief Executive Officer, Burning Glass Technologies
  • Mary Mason, SVP, Chief Medical Officer, Centene Corporation
  • Moderator: Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors

3:00-3:10pm Break

3:10-3:40pm Keynote Address

  • Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo

3:40-4:40pm Panel 5: Global Talent Development - Leadership Panel

  • Michael Norris, Chief Executive Officer - Heathcare, Sodexo North America
  • Seema Kumar, VP of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson
  • Nina Vaca, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Group
  • Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, Automotive Industry Leader, Deloitte
  • Griff Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, DLR Group
  • Moderator: Sam Fleming, Economics Editor, Financial Times

3:40-4:40pm Transitioning from STEM Theory to STEM Praxis, LET'S ACT!

  • Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Chair, GSTS
  • Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College
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The Private Sector to Convene at the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit to Address the Growing STEM Talent Gap in the US

STEMconnector® Uniting 25 Companies and 200 Participants to Drive Sustainable Impact and Deliver Tangible Solutions to Address the Demand for STEM Occupations

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The nation's top employers will join industry thought leaders at the Global STEM Talent Summit on April 28th, 2016, in Washington DC to address action for filling millions of skilled jobs. Led by STEMconnector®, the leading organization working closely with industry, higher education, NGOs and the public sector to provide resources that support corporate development and smart STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) investments. The Summit is the first step in this private sector initiative to tackle the STEM talent gap.

"The Global STEM Talent Summit is a major industry-led step in seeking to solve the STEM talent gap that exists in the US and in many other parts of the world," said Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President of R&D, PepsiCo and Chairwoman of the Global STEM Talent Summit. "It is now critical for the private sector to convene and create an actionable plan to develop at scale solutions to future proof economic growth."

The day-long event serves as a platform for discussion, sharing best practices in STEM talent development strategies, networking and taking collective action to drive scale and speed in helping to solve for the STEM shortfall. Together with its 25 strategic partners, STEMconnector® will outline a three-year strategic roadmap that aims to drive sustainable impact and deliver tangible solutions to diminish the STEM talent gap in the US.

"Business leaders have set the tone by ramping up investments and engagement in STEM education in order to prepare the next generation of skilled talent necessary to drive innovation and economic growth," said Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector®. "Now we need to shift our focus of turning investments in education into a sustainable, long-term talent pool."

Over the past decade, growth in STEM jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs, according to Texas State University. Developing and retaining high-skilled STEM workers is crucial for employers. At the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit, employers will share professional short and long- term STEM talent development models and best practices for training their employees and retaining high-skilled STEM talent.

Multiple industries, each with their own unique challenges, will be represented at the event. According to The World Health Organization the world is short by more than seven million doctors, nurses, and others who administer care, and this will grow to 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035. Symantec noted that six million cybersecurity jobs will be created by 2019, and 1.5 million of those jobs will go unfilled by 2024.

The 2016 STEMconnector® strategic partners include Apollo Education Group, APCO Worldwide, AT&T, BAE Systems, BP, Burning Glass, Carnival Corporation, Cengage Learning, Centene Corporation, Cigna, Dassault Systems, Deloitte, FedEx, Gallup, Honeywell, Hope Street Group, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Monsanto, Monster, PepsiCo, Smiths Group, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart.

Announcing the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM

At the Global STEM Talent Summit STEMconnector® will release 100 CEO Leaders in STEM, a publication that highlights the exceptional leaders contributing to the advancement of STEM careers around the world. The publication showcases the commitment, initiatives and values of 100 CEOs actively working towards a strong talent pipeline, and their companies. Excerpts include:

  • "The formula for innovation and growth in today's digital economy begins and ends with a workforce that has the right skills….businesses that fail to invest the time and resources to train, attract and retain the best talent will be left behind."  Randall L Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  • "The technological reality is a call to companies to think boldly and pragmatically to solve complex problems…. It's doubling our investment in innovation in the next three years so we can help companies shape next-generation capabilities and solutions."  Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte LLP
  • "Careers in STEM industries offer better compensation and more career advancement opportunities….Everyone benefits when our girls and young women can make full use of their abilities and supporting STEM Mentoring is a clear win-win."   Lorna Donatone, CEO of Sodexo School Worldwide and President of Sodexo North America

Join us at the Global STEM Talent Summit
The Global STEM Talent Summit will be held on April 28, 2016 at the Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, DC. For more information visit http://globalsummit.stemconnector.org.

For individuals unable to join in-person, a live steam of the event will be available for remote viewing. Conversations can be tracked on social media by using the hashtag #GSTS2016.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link "all things STEM." STEMconnector's network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.

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EA Sports, NFL Players Association and Discovery Education Bring STEAM Careers to Life in 'Magic of Madden' Live Virtual Event!

This is a guest blog post from Discovery Education

Last week, thousands of students nationwide tuned-in LIVE to the Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip for a behind-the-scenes look at the science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) careers powering the popular video game series, Madden NFL. Hosted by EA SPORTS™, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), and Discovery Education, this live virtual event journeyed inside EA SPORTS Tiburon Studios in Orlando, Fla., to introduce students to the engineers, animators, analysts and producers behind the world’s coolest games.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins with Florida students Elizabeth Milks, Edwin Batista and Ashley Soto (L to R) at EA SPORTS Tiburon Studios for the Magic of Madden Live Virtual Field Trip. For the event Batista was transformed into a Madden NFL character using motion capture and was later inserted into the actual game.

Featuring Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip offered an exclusive studio tour of one of the largest studios among EA’s worldwide video game development facilities, and provided students with real-world insight about how STEAM skills bring Madden NFL to life. Participating students got a firsthand glimpse at motion capture – the process used to record movements of objects or people to animate digital character models – and saw Edwin Batista, a student from Florida’s Orange County Public Schools, transformed into a Madden NFL character and the final result when he was – surprise! – inserted into the game. Students also had their questions answered by Cousins during the live event.

Florida student Edwin Batista wears a motion capture suit allowing EA SPORTS experts to capture his movements and animate him into Madden NFL character.

The Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip is part of EA SPORTS, NFLPA and Discovery Education’s EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers initiative, which is available at no cost and offers a ground-breaking digital learning game that teaches math and science concepts using the game of football and real-world applications.

Here here to see an archive of the virtual field trip.

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White House Highlights Museum of Science's Early STEM Education Curriculum

This is a press release from The Museum of Science, Boston

April 21, 2016 — BOSTON | The Museum of Science, Boston's new engineering curriculum for preschool and kindergarten (PreK-K) was highlighted today at the first-ever White House Symposium on Early STEM Learning.

Building on President Obama's early learning and "Educate to Innovate" agendas and working with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US coalition, the White House announced its commitment to advance early STEM learning to support the nation's youngest learners and their caregivers and educators. The Museum's PreK-K curriculum, currently in development, is one of the commitments from philanthropy, industry, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and government cited by the White House as addressing key areas in early STEM education.

Before the White House symposium, U.S. Secretary of Education John King addressed the importance of investing in early STEM learning. "With high-quality early STEM learning, children do better later in life," said King. "I am hugely excited about all the commitments represented here today." Symposium goals included exploring what works in early STEM learning and creating a community of practice. Said King, "The conversation is about giving all students regardless of their zip code, race, and language they speak, the fuel in the earlier years. Inspiring passion, interest, and  engagement … to solve  the challenges of our country."

The Museum is investing $425,000 in the three-year initiative to create a research-based PreK-K engineering curriculum for ages 3 to 5, building on the success of its Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum for grades 1-5, which has reached an estimated 10 million students. The new curriculum will comprise six to eight classroom-tested lesson plans designed to integrate with the "interest centers" found in most preschool classrooms (e.g., building blocks or sand-and-water tables). To increase access for underserved populations, the lesson plans, due out in late 2017, will require inexpensive materials and will be available online at no charge.

"The Museum of Science is both honored and thrilled that the White House has included our PreK-K engineering curriculum in its early STEM learning initiative," said Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director, Museum of Science, Boston. "We have championed STEM for years because we believe the best way to prepare young children for success in life is to engage them early in the engineering design process, enabling them to use their math and science skills to solve problems." Miaoulis founded the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® in 2004 to introduce engineering in classrooms and museums nationwide.

Critical Need for Early STEM Learning

In 2013 President Obama charged Congress with making high-quality preschools--schools with well-trained teachers, small class sizes, and a rigorous curriculum -- available for every child in the country.  About 12 million of the nation’s more than 16 million three-to-six year olds are enrolled in some kind of early education program, according to the 2013 US Census, but high-quality STEM curricula for these programs are rare, even though the National Science Teachers Association strongly advocates for preschool instruction in science and engineering.

PreK-K Educators Wanted 
The EiE curriculum development team is already combing the literature and observing children to understand the educational approaches most effective in early STEM learning. With this in mind, the new PreK-K curriculum is being developed in close consultation with preschool and kindergarten teachers. "We firmly believe one reason for the success of the EiE curriculum was our iterative approach to design. We asked for methodical feedback from elementary teachers, who truly know the challenges, constraints, and opportunities in real classrooms," said Museum vice president and EiE director Christine Cunningham.

As the EiE team pilots new activities in the coming months, they seek early childhood experts willing to review materials and provide feedback, as well as sites for field-testing. If these opportunities interest you, please visit http://www.eie.org/earlychildhood.

STEM for Schools with Limited Budgets
The new PreK-K curriculum will be available to educators at no cost online, following the model established with the successful EiE afterschool curricula Engineering Adventures® (for grades 3 - 5) and Engineering Everywhere™ (for grades 6 - 8). "Many early childhood programs face budgetary constraints," Cunningham says. "We're committed to using our resources to offer the widest support possible for engineering education." For updates on the PreK-K initiative, subscribe to EiE News at info.eie.org/newsletter.

After the April 21 White House event, video will be available at:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2016/04/21/white-house-symposium-early-stem

https://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse.

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NM MESA Team To Compete in a National Engineering Design Competition

This is a press release from New Mexico MESA

April 20, 2016 — ROSWELL, NM | New Mexico MESA will be hosting over 40 students from MESA schools for the New Mexico MESA USA National Engineering Design Qualifying Competition, at the New Mexico Military Institute campus on April 22, 2016. Student teams qualified to attend by submitting a written proposal, completing performance events, and participating in an oral interview.  The top 5 middle and the top 5 high school teams from across the state were selected to attend our State Qualifying event, based on performance at our MESA Day Competitions in February and March of 2016.  The winners at each level will represent NM MESA at the National Competition in June in Ogden, Utah against the winners from other state MESA programs. 
 
The Prosthetic Arm design with a Microprocessor programming component is the current focus of our MESA USA Engineering Design Competition.  Student teams will have to program an arm to place items in and out of a designated area, toss items into a specific target zone, and secure nuts onto bolts with a testing apparatus.  Along with the physical performance of the arm, teams also have to write an accompanying technical paper, create an accompanying academic poster, and present research to a panel of judges in an oral presentation.  This is one of most prestigious events, with teams working extremely hard to qualify to attend. 
 
Students attending this academic competition will represent the following schools: Carlsbad Intermediate School-3 Teams, Deming Intermediate School, Red Mountain Middle School, Carlsbad High School, Deming High School, Mayfield High School, and Nex+Gen Academy-2 Teams. 
 
The competition is designed to encourage the concept of problem solving through teamwork but also salutes NM MESA students for their commitment to academic excellence and reinforces the NM MESA mission of preparing students for college majors and careers in math, engineering, technology and science.
 
This is a great opportunity to support our future professionals of New Mexico and in many cases their families, friends and communities. Additional information can be found on the NM MESA website www.nmmesa.org. The performance events are open to the public and there is a designated time for the public to review their academic posters and displays. 
NM MESA’s mission is to “Empower and motivate New Mexico's culturally diverse students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment.”
NM MESA is a year-round, multi-year, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiative that works with school districts and higher education institutions to improve NM student STEM performance; increase NM college STEM enrollment; and provide hands-on STEM competitions.

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ALOHA Mind Math Partners with Learning Blade® to Offer New STEM Summer Camp for Ages 10-14

This is a press release from ALOHA Mind Math and Learning Blade

ALOHA Mind Math has teamed up with Learning Blade® to create a new interactive gaming-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) summer camp called STEMmer™ Camp for 10-14 year olds; visit http://alohamindmath.com/program/summercamp/ for more information.

EDISON, NJ (PRWEB) APRIL 18, 2016 | According to studies, middle school is when children begin to form their career paths. To interest these students across the U.S. in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) careers, and help combat summer learning loss, ALOHA Mind Math has teamed up with Learning Blade® to present their “STEMmer™ Camp.” This is a new interactive gaming-based summer camp for 10-14 year old kids. The camp combines the computer-based learning “missions” along with teacher-led hands-on, design and engineering projects. Registrations have already begun; for more information regarding the STEMmer™ camp check ALOHA's summer camp webpage, or call 877-256-4203.

Many middle school students are not exposed to career possibilities in the STEM fields, so they don’t follow a STEM learning track in school that would prepare them. ALOHA’s STEMmer™ Camp, showcases Learning Blade’s® research and this unique STEM computer program, which highlights STEM careers through their interactive online game-based “missions.” Summer camp students can play the part of a team member employed in a STEM field. Kids and teens are exposed to STEM concepts through creative problem solving. This online learning is supplemented with teacher led hands on projects that also illustrate key STEM concepts. The concepts in these sessions is also linked to the Common Core.

STEM Stats – 

  • Only 17% of students are prepared and interested in STEM jobs
  • Less than 25% of school time is spent on science
  • Middle school is where career interests are formed
  • 71% of Students exposed to this program said they learned about new careers
  • After taking this program over 37% are more likely to pursue STEM

Learning Blade® has researched STEM careers and created this interactive program where students work to solve people-centered missions while they learn about the technologies and careers that solve problems in real life. ALOHA’s STEMmer™ Camp has implemented this innovative computer program, along with teacher-led projects, so kids can begin to see the practical applications of science and technology in various careers and how they can impact lives. A few of the over 90 mission lessons include topics related to: 

  • Robotics Design
  • Heart Surgery
  • Build an Orphanage after a Natural Disaster
  • Manufacturing – Design and Build a new Concept Car
  • Solving Transportation Issues
  • Handling a Flu Outbreak

In addition to engaging student’s interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, ALOHA’s STEMmer™ Camp also combats summer learning loss. Kids who do not engage in summer learning score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning. ALOHA has created this summer camp with an engaging learning format to keep children having fun, while they are learning key concepts.

*Each ALOHA learning center is independently owned and operated; participation may vary. For more information: click here for summer camp info on ALOHA's website, check the ALOHA Facebook page, or call 877-256-4203 to find if a local center is participating in these programs.

ALOHA 
Founded in 1993 in the U.S., ALOHA Mind Math, a leading provider of mental arithmetic and English Reading | Writing after school programs, has been guiding children between the ages of 5 through 12 to achieve academic excellence in grades 1 through 5. ALOHA is currently training children at 126 locations in 18 states across the US. New programs this year include its new STEM summer camp for 10-14 year olds, and Tiny Thinkers pre-school program for ages 3-5. The interactive learning process enhances a child’s math, reading and writing capabilities. The teachers also assist children in developing skills and abilities such as observation and listening that result in the overall growth of the child. The ALOHA program is also in use in 20 countries worldwide.

For more details on this program please visit AlohaMindMath.com or search for the closest center by using the locator.

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Thinking Out Loud: Focus on Developing Skills, Not Degrees?

Matt Reimer, farmer. Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal

There is more and more evidence that the value of a formal degree is dwindling, and that the value of a person’s skills is trending upward.  Recently the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative of Brookings Institution, published a paper detailing the effects of increased education on earnings and income inequality.  The key takeaways are that individuals presently without a college degree will increase their average earnings and likelihood of being employed, and seeing broad increases in college degree attainment will raise the income levels of those in the 25th-percentile.  However, as I’ve written before, choice in the field of study will have significant impact.

As we talk about increasing the number of individuals with a college degree, I would like to remind you of the high cost of earning a bachelor’s degree.  Having done that, I would like to shift your focus to the idea of increasing your skillset.  Two news articles caught my eye this morning.  One in the New York Times (page B3) titled “Union Seeks Higher Tariffs on US Imports of Raw Aluminum,” and one in the Wall Street Journal (page B1) titled “Farmers Reap New Tools From Their Own High-Tech Tinkering.”  You might think to yourself, “I understand how the WSJ article could be related to the college education debate, but tariffs on aluminum?!”

As the global economy becomes increasingly connected, companies will find ways to cut costs by buying or producing goods and raw materials from overseas.  Groups like the United Steelworkers union are opposed to the free flow of these raw materials into the United States, and for good reason.  Cutting costs is another way of saying cutting jobs, the United Steelworkers union has an obligation to its members to work to keep jobs in America.  

In the World Economic Forum’s brief on trade, the statement is made that as jobs move overseas, new jobs at home are created.  These new jobs are much more technical in nature because you move further up the value chain, thus the need for more STEM workers in the US and a call from US companies to allow for more work visas.  As people gain the skills necessary to succeed in these more technical roles, those who lost their jobs to workers overseas could find themselves employed again. 

College education is not the only way to attain the new skills necessary for these roles.  When it comes to developing computer, web-based, and mobile applications, those skills can be developed through coding bootcamps, coding apprentice programs, MOOCs, or even less formal YouTube videos.  As I write this I am in a coffee shop in Detroit’s Madison building, home to many of Detroit’s tech-based start-ups, including a company called Detroit Labs that has a unique coding apprenticeship program.  The access to abundant formal and informal resources for learning how to code has been widely known, and many STEMconnector blogs have been devoted to it.

What about going beyond just coding, what about integration and solving problems within a company that produces goods?  These skills can be learned without going to college too.  Matt Reimer, a 30 year old farmer from Manitoba developed technology that can control his John Deere tractors.  Reimer does not have a college degree, yet using skills he attained through self-learning and the support of the maker-space, he is now expecting to save nearly $8,000 a year.  When I was with my past employer, the automotive supplier, we routinely worked to create new technologies that would save money.  

As I mentioned earlier, saving money and cutting costs are synonymous with cutting jobs.  Often, the worker can be reassigned to another task, and no jobs are actually lost to the implementation of this technology.  What does happen, is that the new technology expands the capacity of a company to produce goods that would otherwise have margins too small for any small or medium size business to take on.  One of the other forgotten advantages to introducing this technology, is that companies are no longer surprised by the cost of overtime.  For Reimer, his automated tractors can work more than 40 hours a week, and he never has to pay overtime to the computer running the program he wrote.  

There are endless examples of workers who can repurpose, retool, and re-skill themselves to be more competitive in a job market that is impacted by global forces, without incurring a massive debt of time and money associated with a bachelor’s degree.  Advances in delivery of educational materials through the use of MOOCs, YouTube, open courseware and more, will allow every person in America with access to the internet an opportunity to attain skills at an almost negligible cost.

What are your thoughts?  Follow me on Twitter (@bromanw) and let me know!

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Technology Student Association Announces 2016-2017 UNITE Sites

This is a press release from the Technology Student Association

Sixteen universities will host a two-year summer program that targets high school students historically underserved and underrepresented in STEM areas  

 

RESTON, VA | The Technology Student Association (TSA) recently announced that sixteen universities will serve as host sites for a 2016-2017 UNITE summer program.

Funded by the U.S. Army through the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), UNITE is a four-to-six week, pre-collegiate, academic summer program for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through rigorous STEM curriculum, hands-on activities, career events, and field trips, UNITE encourages and helps prepare students to pursue college-level studies, and ultimately, careers in engineering and related STEM fields. UNITE is administered by TSA, a national non-profit organization of middle and high school students in chapters nationwide; TSA provides STEM-aligned competitions, co-curricular activities, and leadership opportunities for its members.

 “TSA is very pleased with the selection of 2016-2017 UNITE sites,” said Hillary Lee, the TSA UNITE program administrator. “Students who enroll in a UNITE summer program can expect a challenging and motivating experience designed to encourage their interest in STEM areas.” 

Selected sites are located across the nation and in Puerto Rico: 

Alabama State University (AL)
Fayetteville State University (NC)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)
Howard University (DC)
Jackson State University (MS)
Harris-Stowe State University (MO)
Marshall University (WV)
Michigan Technological University (MI)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)
Texas Southern University (TX)
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (CO)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (NV)
University of New Mexico (NM)
University of Pennsylvania (PA)
University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus (PR)
Virginia Tech (VA)

For more information about the 2016-2017 UNITE sites, visit the AEOP website

 

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