U.S. News Seeks Solutions to America's STEM Crisis
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on May 18, 2012
This is a news release from the U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit.
U.S. News Seeks Solutions to America's STEM Crisis
Dallas event will not be the same-old talkfest: Participants will roll up their sleeves and develop five real prescriptions for seeding and cultivating an abundant STEM workforce
Washington, DC—May 15, 2012—There is an urgent and far-reaching need for a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the United States today. Enter STEM Solutions 2012: A Leadership Summit, to be held in Dallas, Texas, June 27-29. For the first time on a national stage, leading educators, top policymakers, major corporations, and education technology companies will convene to determine the strategies, policies, and collective changes needed to create a competitive STEM workforce in the United States.
“We all know there is a STEM skills shortage, so we’re not going to rehash old news,” said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer for U.S. News & World Report, one of the co-producers of the event. “It’s time to figure out some answers,” he said.
Kelly cites five key objectives of the conference:
- Devise a way to match supply and demand in STEM fields
- Develop a communication framework to keep educators and policymakers abreast of the specific skills required by employers
- Identify which programs are most effective at aligning skills with jobs
- Form a consensus on how to implement successful programs on a national scale
- Increase public and political awareness of the growing disparity between job skills and employer need, and the detrimental impact that gap has on the United States
The 2012 conference, entitled “STEM Means Jobs,” corrals the broad array of STEM workforce issues into five tracks that dovetail with the objectives. The “Demand Side” track addresses America’s immediate need for “three million jobs in three years;” the “Supply Side” will tackle the education issue as it relates to America’s STEM future; “Seeking the Best Return on Investment” highlights programs that are working now and will determine how to raise the bar; “Policy, A Start but Not a Finish” trains the light on policymaking and what more should be done; and the “Communications” track will raise awareness and change public perception of STEM.
STEM Solutions 2012 has the commitment of more than a dozen heavy-hitting sponsors, such as AT&T, Boeing, Dell, and the National Science Foundation, as well as 50 co-chair organizations. Thousands of thought leaders and experts are expected to add their voices and perspectives. “Business execs, HR managers, educators, policymakers, non-profits, tech companies—they’re all united in their goal to promote improvements in STEM education so we can advance the science-related workforce in the United States,” Kelly said. “By involving the full range of stakeholders throughout the country, we believe this conference will make significant progress on a national level to bridge the gap between employers and job-seekers.”
Anyone with a stake in developing a robust STEM workforce is invited to be part of this event. Early registration discounts expire on May 18, 2012, so interested parties are encouraged to act quickly for best rates. To learn more about how you can help shape our nation’s future by participating in STEM Solutions 2012, visit http://www.USNewsStemSolutionscom/.
For up-to-date information on the conference, sponsorship opportunities, exhibition space or registration, visit http://www.USNewsStemSolutions.com. Follow STEM Solutions 2012 on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/USNewsStemsSolutions.
U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012—A Leadership Summit is a mission-critical event focused on the shortage of science- and tech-related skills in the American workforce. U.S. News & World Report, together with Innovate+Educate, STEMConnector™ and more than 60 key organizations will bring together for the first time on a national stage major corporations, leading educators, top policy makers and education technology companies to create a collective that will fill jobs now and advance the future STEM workforce. Held June 27 – 29, 2012 at the Sheraton
Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine and www.usnews.com. Focusing on News, Opinion, Education, Health, Money, Travel, and Cars, U.S. News has earned a reputation as a leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. Its signature franchises include its “Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, and more.
Innovate+Educate is a national non-profit led by Fortune 500 companies with a goal of aligning
STEM education and workforce efforts on a state-by-state basis.
STEMConnector™ is a resource center and network that helps bring together the many STEM projects around the country with a website of more than 3,000 organizations dedicated to STEM
education; jobs and diversity are key priorities.