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STEM Implant

Photo by Rick Bonetti

Photo by Rick Bonetti

Hundreds of Shasta County 9th grade students gathered Friday, January 29, 2015 at the Redding Civic Auditorium for the first Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day, put on by the Shasta County Office of Education the North State STEM Career Day Committee, with support from McConnell Foundation. Local business and higher educational institutions also participated, in an effort to implant a desire among students to pursue STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.

The U. S. Department of Education says that only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. However, according to the US Dept. of Commerce, STEM related jobs are growing at 17 percent and in California alone; there is a projected need for a STEM workforce in 2018 of approximately 1.14 million. During the next ten years, over 70% of the predicted jobs in California will be related to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.

The STEM Education Coalition has a list of anticipated new jobs in 2022. PBS has a STEM Education Resource Center for teachers.

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