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Top 5 Cities for Minorities in Computing

December 10, 2014

With Computer Science Education Week in full swing, it’s a good time to take stock of the future of computing in this country. Black, Latino, and Native Americans comprise 29 percent of the U.S. working-age population but only 15 percent of computer professionals. As the tech economy continues to skyrocket, and minorities head towards majority status by 2050, that’s a recipe for squandering human potential and slowing innovation.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, technology, computer science

Check Out These Promising Programs in STEM!

December 9, 2014

You already know STEMworks as the go-to source for the most effective STEM education programs. (In fact, President Obama even gave us a shout-out about two weeks ago.) Today, STEMworks expanded its reach to celebrate the next generation of programs that will make a big difference for American young people. We call them "Promising Programs."

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The Skills Gap Is Real

December 3, 2014

In a new survey released today by CTEq and the Business Roundtable, CEOs of major companies make clear that the shortage of skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is very real. They should know. The success of their companies depends in large part on their ability to find skilled employees who can help keep their companies on the cutting edge in a competitive global economy.

The survey's major findings are troubling:

Tags: jobs & workforce

The Top Five Cities for Green Jobs

November 13, 2014

If you think green jobs are a fad, think again. While so many other occupations have been roiled by the boom and bust cycles since 2001, green jobs seem to prove the adage that “slow and steady wins the race.” They haven’t seen spectacular gains or dizzying losses from one year to the next, but their long-term growth has been impressive. The number of green jobs has risen more than 16 percent since 2001, three times faster than jobs overall.

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Get your STEM program in STEMworks!

November 3, 2014

If you know a great STEM education program, now is the time to tell them about STEMworks. Now through December 12, programs can apply to be in STEMworks, the nation's leading resource for identifying excellent STEM education programs. And, if your program is active in Iowa, it may have a singular opportunity to reach thousands more young people in the state.

Tags: STEMworks, STEM & the states

Top 5 Cities for New Engineering Jobs

October 28, 2014

Like almost everything else, engineering jobs took a hit in the recession, but they’ve been coming back strong. Earlier this year, a CTEq analysis of federal data showed that the unemployment rate for recent engineering graduates was a mere 2.2 percent from 2011 to 2014. Compare that to almost 7.0 percent for recent bachelor’s degree holders overall.

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Top 5 U.S. Cities for Young Computer Professionals

October 16, 2014

You might think computer science is a young person's game dominated by whiz kids in hoodies. Think again. Nationally, a mere six percent of the computing workforce is younger than 25, compared to 13 percent of the workforce as a whole. What's more, the computing workforce is aging. This year, 43 percent is 45 or older, up from 35 percent in 2001.

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Top 5 U.S. Cities for Advanced Manufacturing

October 9, 2014

For at least 20 years, many Americans all but wrote off manufacturing as of factory jobs simply evaporated or went overseas. It's time to think again. Advanced manufacturing has come roaring back to life in many places, often in the nation’s hardest-hit industrial towns. Many advanced manufacturing jobs don’t require a four-year college degree, so you can start working and earning just a year or two after high school. But make no mistake: this is not low-skilled work.

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New Poll: Teachers Like Common Core Standards!

October 8, 2014

A frequent talking point for critics of the Common Core State Standards is that teachers don’t like the standards. Until very recently, the critics had some teacher polling data to back them up, but a new poll from Scholastic has turned the tables. By and large, teachers like the Common Core.

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Remembering Margaret Ashida

October 7, 2014

We are inexpressibly saddened by the untimely passing of Margaret Ashida. Margaret was the indefatigable director of STEMx, a group of state STEM networks that are working together to transform STEM education for our nation's youth.

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