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Friday, February 27, 2015

Call to Action: Girl Geeks, Make Yourselves Known

The Huffington Post – Rachel Swidenbank

“…what can we do to address the small number of women choosing to work in STEM careers? The problem starts at a young age. We know that girls perform equally to boys in STEM subjects up to the point where specialisation occurs, at around 14. Then, girls simply don’t choose STEM subjects. Girls are making choices at an age where they are developing their identity and exploring their self-image and a subject choice can be one way for them to see themselves. The stereotypical associations that STEM subjects are for boys makes these subject choices difficult for young females…The answer isn’t novel. Girls need female role models to show them examples of women who’ve chosen to become engineers and scientists or pursue digital careers.”(more)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Healthcare, the Lost STEM Workforce Discussion

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“STEM advocates beat the drums for more engineering and computer science talent, but the demand for STEM-savvy professionals in health care often fails to make it into the STEM discussion. Yet the healthcare industry is suffering from much—and perhaps more—of the talent shortage touted in other fields…STEM employers face challenges on two related fronts: rising demand for talent and an aging workforce…This also amounts to opportunity for young people: The median hourly wage of roughly $36 for STEM healthcare workers amounts to more than $74,000 a year. We need to get young people excited by computing and engineering, to be sure. But let’s work to make sure that some of them use those skills to improve healthcare outcomes for Americans.”(more)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Don’t Ask ‘What Can I Do With This Major?’

The Huffington Post – Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D.

“A really smart student of mine who has been getting stellar grades in Economics was considering it as his major. But he wanted to know what he could do with it. I have had that question regarding every subject you can name. And the reality is that it is a bad question. It is the wrong question. It assumes that the subject is what you will do…The question is what skills will I get from this major that I can use in the course of my multifaceted career. Actually most students don’t know that they will have multifaceted careers. They could have 8 different jobs before they are 30 and maybe 3 careers before they retire (most likely at 70ish.) What majors deliver are bundles of skill sets.”(more)

CTE and Global Education: The Perfect Marriage

Education Week – Kevin Draper

“Whether pursuing college or a career, our increasingly interconnected world demands that graduates have the knowledge, skills, and mindset to be globally competitive. The issues of today and tomorrow demand that people work across borders and across cultures to tackle issues such as climate change, food security, poverty, and health. Businesses and industries need leaders who innovate and can address challenging problems…CTE and global education are a seamless pairing that empowers students to lead and to expand their career opportunities. While many education initiatives require a great deal of effort to fall within an existing curriculum, global education not only complements existing coursework but makes it relevant, rigorous, and engaging.”(more)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Engineer’s Week: Prioritizing Women in STEM Today and Moving Forward

The Huffington Post – Claire Topalian

“Despite consistent growth in the STEM job market over the past 10 years, we still see a disparate number of young women entering STEM fields. In a recent article, Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez explains, “While women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, just 24 percent are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly a decade.” Just last year, major tech companies made their diversity numbers public, revealing that only 17 percent of Google’s team is comprised of women, and at Facebook just 15 percent. These numbers are likely related to another data point: while women make up 57% of U.S. College students, only 18 percent earn computer science degrees. These numbers ultimately leave us asking the same questions: What might account for the lack of women in STEM, why do companies benefit from hiring more women in STEM, and what can be done to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields? Tackling the first question — what might account for the lack of women in STEM — is the most difficult one to answer in tangible terms. The root causes of such an issue would require an in-depth approach that includes an assessment of sociological implications — something that most of us aren’t equipped to discuss holistically let alone begin to solve. It is perhaps more useful, then, to focus not on the problem so much as the solution and the reasons why it is so important to strive towards a solution.”(more)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Training partnership teaches welding — and life skills

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Rick Barrett

“Growing up about 30 years ago, Super Steel Inc. President and CEO Dirk Smith says, he learned a work ethic and other essential skills that he believes are missing now in some job applicants. “My parents instilled that in me,” said Smith, adding that he didn’t have to learn many of the “soft skills” in the workplace because he had already been taught them at home. Now, Smith says, he sees young people lacking knowledge of basic things such as showing up to work on time. Sometimes they don’t have a bank account, which is a problem because Super Steel, a Milwaukee manufacturer and metal fabricator, has a direct-deposit payroll. “We can teach kids the technical skills, on how to weld or operate a brake press. … But if they are missing the essential life skills, then all of that training is lost,” Smith said. Addressing the issue, Super Steel has partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin in a welder skills development program where the curriculum includes classes in areas such as communication, teamwork and conflict resolution.”(more)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Foreign Langu-edge!

The Times of India – Shounak Ghosal

“There was a time when one would take up French or Russian simply for the love of a new language — for reasons like “I wanted to read Tolstoy’s original version”; but career ambition has overtaken cultural zeal. Today, it’s more common to find an engineer learning Spanish, or an MBA Mandarin, to beat competition in the Kolkata job market… or even a banker being recruited on the basis of her foreign language skills. The third, or fourth, language is turning out to be more important than the first, or second — English — when it comes to landing a job. From German to French and from Spanish to Chinese, hundreds, even thousands, of students are flocking to be trained to get that edge. There are scores of qualified job aspirants for a post, but only a few with the extra advantage. “At Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata (MMB), there were 800 students last year,” says Madhurima Moitra, head of the language department at MMB. “Three years ago, it was 450. A lot of engineers get scholarships to Germany for postgraduate programmes. We have campus recruitments just like engineering colleges,” she adds. “There is a great demand for people with a good knowledge of German,” adds German consul-general Rainer Schmiedchen.”(more)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High

Ed.gov – Staff Writer

“U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago…Today’s economy calls for critical skills that go beyond the basics. To ensure the economic strength of our country, students must graduate high school ready for college, careers and life.”(more)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The hard Stem sell: trying to get girls to buy into science

Irish Times – Grainne Faller, Louise Holden

“Science, technology, engineering and maths (collectively known as Stem) has a women problem. These areas have always attracted and retained more boys and men than girls and women. What’s surprising is that the situation is not really improving and in many cases is getting worse…The phenomenon is not just an Irish one. Less than 7 per cent of tech positions in Europe are filled by women. In the US the number of female entrants to computer science is still going down…The issues for women in Stem are complex, and persist right up the ladder.”(more)

Helping Our Students to Study Abroad: Trends and Advice

Education Week – Christine A. Farrugia

“The profile of U.S. study abroad is changing. Today a more diverse range of students are studying in more destinations and through innovative programs that fall outside of the traditional model. Being aware of these trends can help us understand what motivates students to go abroad so we can encourage and support them. By beginning the exploration of other countries in elementary school, we build on students’ natural curiosity about the world around them…Over the past fifteen years, study abroad by STEM majors has grown substantially, outpacing growth in other fields. Contributing to this growth is an increasing awareness by students and faculty advisers of the career-related benefits of global experiences…you can help students by increasing their understanding of the value of an international experience in various career fields as is happening in STEM. And where possible, integrate the study of geographic areas of most interest to your students into your classes. By tapping into students’ natural curiosity about the world at a young age, we can build a solid base from which to encourage them to go out and see it through study abroad.”(more)