STEM is the future.
STEM learning is an economic imperative. Experts say that technological innovation accounted for almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. Our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics:
- In 2009, just 34 percent of U.S. 8th graders were rated proficient or higher in a national math assessment, and more than one in four scored below the basic level.
- In an international exam given to 15 year olds in 2009, U.S. high school students ranked significantly behind 12 industrialized nations in science and 17 in math. Students in only 4 industrialized nations scored lower in math.
Only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30 percent were ready in science.
Across the nation, business, education and community leaders have created innovative programs to advance STEM literacy. Major corporations like Microsoft, Intel, Dow Chemical and Time Warner have made major commitments to supporting STEM education. The fact of reality is that STEM is the future of our nation. According to the National Science Foundation, it is estimated that 80% of all jobs in the next decade will require technology, math and science skills. Projections by the U.S. Department of Labor tell us that by 2018 America will need to fill over 12.2 million positions in STEM careers. However there will not be enough college graduates with the necessary STEM educational background or skills to fill these job openings. As a result, companies and corporations will be unable to find the workers they need.
Hunter Education Capital is in the unique position of working directly with the heads of school districts across the country to create mutually beneficial BRANDING opportunities for corporations to not only support STEM education thereby creating a employee pipeline of engineers, mathematicians and scientists, but also creating positive BRAND recognition with the all important marketing demographic of families with school children.