Leaders in business know technological innovation will drive the current and future workforce while bringing investment and economic opportunities to the Ozark region of Missouri. To be successful and thrive in today's global network, we must have students and young adults ready to meet these challenges. For this to occur, the Ozarks needs more workers skilled in Math, Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM).
What do the statistics say?
Today, we are at a critical juncture with demonstrating our global competitiveness in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The research shows fewer students are selecting STEM education pathways with an unprecedented need for a stronger STEM workforce.
- According to 2013 data from the Department of Economic Development- Missouri Economic & Information Center, 34% of job openings in 2012-2013 in Missouri were STEM related occupations. It is projected that we will see an 11.1% increase for science-intensive jobs in our state by 2018.
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What are area businesses doing?
Many area businesses are working with area school districts so that by the time a child leaves high school, they will have the strong knowledge background to enter their field or trade prepared and ready to work whether it is high school, 2-Year Colleges/ Training Sites, or 4-Year Colleges and Universities. OSTEAM is here to help open up communications with business/industry/manufacturing, preK-12, higher education, and after-school and informal groups.
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