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How Do We Get More Girls Into STEM? Build Confidence (and Robots)

October 03, 2019

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, organizer of the world’s largest robotics competition and leader in STEM education, is doing a careful examination of gender diversity. Although many organizations and companies are making strides toward solutions for this society-wide concern, improvements just aren’t coming fast enough.

STEM education license plate appears in Nevada

October 03, 2019

Nevadans with a special interest in advancing STEM education have a new way to support the cause. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles released a new specialized license plate on Tuesday the proceeds of which will go toward supporting nonprofit organizations that attempt to interest and train more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For male students, technical education in high school boosts earnings after graduation

October 02, 2019

Job prospects for young men who only have a high school diploma are particularly bleak. They are even worse for those who have less education. When young men experience joblessness, it not only threatens their financial well-being but their overall well-being and physical health. Could a high quality and specialized technical education in high school make a difference?

House Passes STEM Opportunities Act

October 01, 2019

Today, the House of Representatives considered and passed Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) legislation H.R. 2528, the “STEM Opportunities Act” under suspension of the rules. This bill addresses the underrepresentation of women and racial and ethnic minority groups in research careers at institutions of higher education and at Federal laboratories.

Best (And Worst) States To Find An Educated Workforce In 2019

September 30, 2019

As part of the CRN 2019 Best States to Start a Solution Provider Business analysis, we've ranked the states according to the overall education and experience levels of the pool of available workers. The analysis includes such data as the percent of people in each state over 25 with an advanced degree, technology industry job gains (2017 to 2018), and tech jobs as a percent of the total workforce.

DeVos Announces $123 Million in New Education Grants

September 30, 2019

The funds, to be sent to 41 school districts, nonprofit organizations, and state education agencies across the United States, are part of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made the announcement on Sept. 27.

A Focus On Early STEM Education For Future Career Growth

September 24, 2019

According to the federal report, Charting a Course for Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education, the U.S. Department of Education is furthering efforts to increase STEM-related learning across the education space. The report states that the federal government remains committed to partnering with stakeholders at all levels while also focusing on providing more opportunities for underrepresented student populations.

2.4 million STEM jobs went unfilled last year

September 24, 2019

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said Monday in an email to constituents that in “2018, nearly 2.4 million STEM jobs went unfilled, largely because STEM education is not readily available for many students.” STEM is the fastest growing sector of the job market; but according to the U.S. Department of Education only 16 percent of American high school students say that they are interested in STEM and test proficient in math.

Study finds digital alerts boost STEM student success

September 23, 2019

The study, conducted over that last two years by Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit working to drive transformation in workforce and education systems, and Persistence Plus, a student-centered mobile platform, examined the effects of digital alerts, also known as personalized nudging, on students at four community colleges in an attempt to address obstacles that can lead to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics students dropping out of college.

HBCUs Press Congress to Extend Funding

September 23, 2019

Historically black colleges are putting on a full-court press to have Congress extend more than $250 million in mandatory funding for minority-serving institutions that is set to expire at the end of the month. The funding includes roughly $85 million for HBCUs to support education programs in science, technology, math or engineering. The rest goes to tribal colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions.

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