Career Awareness & Workforce Development
Sep 30, 2015
The Massachusetts economy is viewed as technology-driven and robust. However, not all participate and many face significant barriers to employment. This year’s Career Awareness and Workforce Development strand focuses on the pragmatics of moving the needle on STEM employment. The problem is complex and challenging, but successful models exist and will be highlighted.
Sessions and exhibits will be led by those spearheading a STEM career awareness or workforce development program, project, or policy initiative in Massachusetts. They will share their knowledge of community supports, education, skills, and job training or policy approaches; debate and discuss effective practices; and help define the standard for matching STEM workers with STEM jobs.
Session: "STEM 2.0 Career Skills for a 21st Century STEM Worker"
The STEM Innovation Task Force (SITF) comprises 36 industry, government, education, and non-profit leaders. The task force will accomplish their agenda of developing STEM human capital through a number of high powered working groups that focus on certain priority areas of STEM innovation, including the STEM Career Accelerator Day, STEM 2.0, collaboration with the Million Women Mentors program, the STEM Higher Ed Council, and others. This session will provide an overview of all SITF programs with specific focus on STEM 2.0.
Exhibit: “Project-Based Learning + Real-World Manufacturing + Industry Mentors = Job-Driven STEM Education”
The attainment of critical thinking skills through project-based learning is at the heart of STEM education. Then add the opportunities for students to immerse themselves into the manufacturing process and learn real-world technical skills from industry mentors. Put these components together and it becomes a job-driven STEM education program called the National Robotics League (NRL). We will present a model highlighting how successful partnerships between high school educators and manufacturers have paved the way for fun, applied learning opportunities for students.