Business associations engage in STEM initiatives
Business leaders are relying on excellent STEM education to develop the next generation of collaborative problem-solvers.
Businesses across the U.S. are experiencing the impact of the “STEM skills gap” which is seeing a lack of qualified graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM gap is particularly prevalent in regional U.S. areas with employers experiencing difficulty finding candidates with the requisite technical and technology-related skills.
In collaboration with the government, business associations are seeking to address the skills gap through introducing STEM programs to encourage and inspire middle and high school students to engage in STEM endeavors. Among the hundreds of business initiatives currently underway is the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development, which was launched in 2011 by the Carnegie Science Center.
Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development
The Chevron Center endeavors to address the STEM gap through offering student and educator programs which aim to increase the quality of STEM education for all.
“We launched our Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development three years ago to address this issue, embracing our role as convener of all stakeholders in the quest for top-quality STEM education – corporations, parents, educators, students, legislators, foundations — as we inspire and prepare young people to meet the needs of our region and our nation.” ~ Ron Baillie
A notable force driving many U.S. initiatives is the need to ignite student interest in STEM quickly and effectively. Business and government leaders are eager to inspire students from an early age – recognizing classrooms and teachers as the most effective agents for change. Read more here.