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What Cities Need to Close the Skills Gap for 'Smart Jobs'
Governing
It may seem that Wichita, Kan., is exaggerating just a bit when it calls itself the "Air Capital of the World." But  the city is home to several major aircraft manufacturers that play an outsized role in supporting the region's economy. So when industry executives said they were having trouble finding workers with the latest skills, local leaders listened.
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Revisiting the STEM Workforce
National Science Board

Does the United States have a "glut" or "shortage" of STEM workers? It's a question that has long permeated policy conversations about the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. But is this the right question to be asking? Revisiting the STEM Workforce, a new report by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Science Board (NSB), offers insights about long-standing workforce debates and seeks to catalyze constructive policy discussions about this critical and dynamic component of the nation's economy.

Read more here.

Read report here.

Does Your Child's School Have a Quality STEM Program?
The Huffington Post
Responding to growing calls to improve science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) education, schools are touting their specialized STEM  programs, largely  centered on special technology or a particular set of course offerings. Parents and community leaders should focus on initiatives to determine the extent to which efforts are based on what research shows will increase STEM knowledge and problem-solving skills.
Read more here.
The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment In Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
U.S. federal government support for basic science research is the lowest it has been since World War II.  Declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer's disease and agriculture. MIT released a report highlighting opportunities in basic STEM research that could help shape and maintain U.S. economic power, and benefit society.
How Intel and Boeing Are Helping These Kids Learn STEM Skills
Time
An entire region in Arizona has made education - and especially STEM education - a core tenet of its economic development strategy. These communities are working together with the world class companies and educational institutions in our region to ensure the most educated workforce is ready for our future.
Read more here.
A Contest in the Bronx Helps Young Scientists Explore
The New York Times

Lawrence Abu-Hammour always knew he wanted to do scientific research, but he did not get into the Bronx  High School of Science or any of  New York City's other elite schools with robust science programs and activities. Instead, he ended up at a small school, the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics.  

Read more here.

From Around the Community

Washington Facts:  STEM Edition 
In the April 22, 2015, issue of the New York Times, Newt Gingrich writes about one particular moment in time when a Republican Congress and a Democrat Administration came together in a bipartisan move to double the budget for the National Institutes of Health. (Newt Gingrich, a Republican, was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999).
Read more here.


Focus on the Future: Kentucky, Toyota Expand Early Childhood Academies
Preparing parents helps prepare students...which leads to a prepared workforce.Today half of the children in Kentucky arrive at kindergarten unprepared. The United Way Born Learning Academies meet a critical need in Kentucky communities: helping parents turn everyday moments into learning opportunities to help prepare their kids for kindergarten and beyond.
Read more here.


DoD Joins Forces to Invest in STEM Education
From cell phones to household computers, STEM keeps the world connected. The Department of Defense (DoD) is making an investment to ensure military children have access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education with the expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program.
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To Build an Army of STEM Workers, Look to Veterans
While the U.S. job market has been gaining strength in recent months, there's one group of Americans who are still struggling to find work: veterans. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post 9/11 veterans was 6.7 percent in Februarya full point higher than the population at large.
Read more here.
  
  
Eliot Hine Radio/TV: Technology Being Used As a Creation Tool
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