Guest blogger inSPIRE STEM USA's Co-Chair Maria Cardona submitted this post detailing the STEM fund currently making its way through Congress aimed at strengthening the STEM pipeline.
From your organization’s perspective, why is it necessary to strengthen the STEM pipeline? And what are the best ways to accomplish it?
America faces an acute STEM jobs gap, and what makes the crisis worse is that we aren’t producing enough students trained in those fields to fill those jobs in the future. STEM-related occupations are the second-fastest growing in the country, coming in just behind jobs in the health care industry, according to a Georgetown University study. And while the nation is expected to have more than 8.6 million STEM-related jobs available in 2018, the National Math and Science Initiative warns as many as three million of those jobs could go unfilled at the current rate the U.S. produces workers trained in STEM.
If the nation is to keep up with the growing number of jobs in STEM and computer science and keep pace with its global competitors, we need to invest in strengthening STEM education programs and our STEM pipeline throughout the country.