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Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies & Media and Technology Institute’s Technology Policy Forum

December 16, 2011

Today STEMConnector™’s Edie Fraser went to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Media and Technology Institute’s Technology Policy Forum.  Here’s Edie’s guest blog and takeaway from the Forum:

Today’s Joint Center for Political and Economic Media and Technology Institute’s Technology Policy Forum core subject is Diversity and Community Colleges and their roles toward STEM jobs (Mid-Skills).  This is something we at STEMConnector™ are deeply passionate about.  Everywhere we go, we hear major discussions on the role of community colleges in filling STEM job needs. Today’s session was hosted at Microsoft, and efforts like today’s by Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center along with the Media and Technology Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic studies are crucial steps towards filling the gaps needed to keep the US technically proficient in the workforce. Charts on traditional STEM jobs, earning of STEM and non-STEM, barriers to minority advancement into STEM. Our joint message is that jobs are out there for those who pursue STEM careers, and STEMconnector.org is a great resource for finding mid-skills programs, especially for minorities and women. The right training is essential and we applaud all those making a difference, whether it is through CEWD and utility jobs, Microsoft, or AAR.  This subject is front and center. -Edie Fraser

Here are some examples of STEM training programs at community colleges found on STEMConnector™:

Ameren’s Overhead Light Apprentice Program at St. Louis Community College

AAR Welding Certificate Program at Lenoir Community College and Wayne Community College

Jobs for the Future’s Breaking Through, Community Colleges Count, Achieving the Dream, and Greenforce Initiative

National Grid’s Energy Utility Technology (EUT) Training Program at MA/RI Community Colleges

NextEra Energy’s Nuclear Science and Power Generation College Partnership Program

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