Technical, Technology, STEM Education, March 27, 2018

 

 

 
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  • Business Community Aims to Increase Employer Investment in Workforce Training
  • Ohio STEM Learning Network's New Innovative Program
  • Results from The Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
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Business Community Aims to Increase Employer Investment in Workforce Training

"Quality Pathways: Employer Leadership in Earn and Learn Opportunities," highlights the importance of employer leadership in developing a growing workforce that meets the needs of a modernizing United States economy.

"Last year, President Trump charged the business community with finding solutions to help close the skills gap and connect workers with opportunities to develop skills they need to be successful in a 21st century economy," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "By putting forth this solution, the U.S. business community isn't sitting on the sidelines- we're leading the way. Together, we've developed a bold solution to improve employer leadership and investment in quality 

 

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Ohio STEM Learning Network's New Innovative Program

MakerMinded and Learning Blade are initiatives in Ohio supported by LIFT-Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a national ManufacturingUSA institute, to enhance student experiences and understanding of manufacturing and other high demand fields. MakerMinded is a free statewide competition where schools compete to complete STEM activities for a chance to win a virtual reality classroom station. Learning Blade is a web based STEM career awareness curriculum designed to improve student relevance of middle school academics as it relates to future STEM career paths.

Graham Middle School is currently a state leader for both programs. Kirk Koennecke, Executive Director of the Ohio Small and Rural Collaborative and Superintendent of Graham Local Schools is proud of the success of his teachers and students in adopting new innovative STEM programs "We strive every day to provide the absolute best educational 

 

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Results from The Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The committee, which is housed under the White House's National Science and Technology Council as part of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has said in the past that it was trying to identify and manage any overlap in the various federal programs to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. It "has not fully met its responsibilities" in that area, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) 

Education programs in STEM fields are intended to enhance the nation's global competitiveness. GAO reported in 2012 that there were more than 200 federal STEM education programs in fiscal year 2010. Since then, the portfolio of programs has changed. GAO was asked to review the landscape of federal STEM education programs.

 

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