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America needs to support STEM education. Here are three ways business can make it happen

Fox News – Talia Milgrom-Elcott and Blair Blackwell

“Five years ago, 100Kin10, a network of over 200 partners, came together around a common goal: realizing President Obama’s challenge to train 100,000 high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. President Obama recently announced that 100Kin10 will not only meet, but will exceed that goal by 2021. As we celebrate this milestone and how far we’ve come over these five years, we still need to ask “What’s next?” How can we make even bolder progress and continue to value and invest in teachers? As leaders at the intersection of STEM and education, we know that our country faces many systemic challenges in recruiting, training, supporting and retaining excellent STEM teachers.”(more)

Top 10: STEM Job Approved Employers 2016

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“…what role do the companies play in developing and receiving the students who are eager to orchestrate the next rocket launch? STEM Jobs Approved (SJA) performs a yearly study across multiple industries to discover the corporations most worth aspiring to…When it comes to contributing to diversity in STEM fields, fostering partnerships between classrooms and careers, aiding STEM career development, and ensuring opportunities for STEM students, 10 CTEq member companies rank amongst STEM Jobs Magazine’s elite employers. Read further to find out their specialties and which career fields match best with their opportunities.”(more)

Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education

The Atlantic – Yoni Appelbaum

“American undergraduates are flocking to business programs, and finding plenty of entry-level opportunities. But when businesses go hunting for CEOs or managers, “they will say, a couple of decades out, that I’m looking for a liberal arts grad,” said Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. That presents a growing challenge to colleges and universities. Students are clamoring for degrees that will help them secure jobs in a shifting economy, but to succeed in the long term, they’ll require an education that allows them to grow, adapt, and contribute as citizens—and to build successful careers. And it’s why many schools are shaking up their curricula to ensure that undergraduate business majors receive something they may not even know they need—a rigorous liberal-arts education…business majors seem to be graduating with some of the technical skills they’ll need to secure jobs, but without having made the gains in writing or critical-thinking skills they’ll require to succeed over the course of their careers…”(more)

The Top Degrees For Getting Hired Right Out Of College: Energy Industry Jobs Take A Dive

Forbes – Karsten Strauss

“Finding work after graduation is a concern of almost every student – grad or undergrad or doctoral – in the final year of school. It’s a source of stress and excitement. It turns out, unsurprisingly, that graduates with certain degrees are more successful finding a job right out of school than others. A study released this month by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a Bethlehem, PA non-profit that links college career placement offices with employers, revealed which graduating bachelors degree students in the class of 2015 – by college major – were able to find employment within six months of graduation…It turns out that the field of study that led to the highest rate of employment within six months of graduation was computer sciences, with 72% of students majoring in the concentration finding a full-time job. Those computer science students also reported an average starting salary of just over $69,000 a year—the highest starting salary tracked in NACE’s study. That’s an 11.3% increase in salary over numbers reported last year, according to NACE. Number two on the list of majors that led to quick full-time employment was Business…”(more)

New Study Abroad Population

Inside Higher Ed – Ashley A. Smith

“There’s pressure among community colleges to maintain their enrollments as well as retain students and find unique ways to get them to completion. A few two-year institutions have been promoting study abroad for years, but others are now considering these types of programs as a way to help boost their students’ experiences…“The business world today is a global market. It looks great for [students] to have a global experience. It helps them stand out and makes them more well-rounded,” said Emily Arbut, senior campus relations representative for College Year in Athens.”(more)

Must try harder: why Britain should embrace foreign languages

Financial Times – Tony Barber

“The decline in knowledge of foreign languages in Britain is a familiar tale, but an extremely important one nonetheless. I want to draw the attention of readers to a Cambridge university report, “The Value of Languages”. It is the most concise, up­to­ date survey of the problem that I have come across. All too often the status of English as the world’s lingua franca leads people in Britain to the complacent conclusion that there is no need to bother with foreign languages. As the Cambridge report observes, however, a shortage of foreign language speakers is bad for British businesses, is potentially harmful to national security and carries risks for the criminal justice and healthcare systems. Companies with global operations recruit globally, the report notes. “UK graduates must be aware that the asset value of English diminishes commensurate to the number of international graduates entering the global labour market with fluent English and other languages,” it says…As for small and medium­-sized businesses, their efforts to sell products and services abroad will benefit from foreign language speakers able to conduct market research and assess clients’ needs in overseas markets.”(more)