The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) paradox of having too many open positions that require STEM skills, but not enough qualified professionals who are applying to fill those positions remain a concern to the manufacturing sector.

— Control Designs

STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs, and the U.S. is simply not producing enough candidates to fill them. Only 16% of high school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM careers.

– U.S. Department of Education

Course development

Nurture the future STEM workforce in your community with robust courses in one of the fastest growing areas of scientific research: bioinformatics. This field at the intersection of biology and data analysis offers college students research opportunities without the burden of expensive laboratory equipment.

Internships

Build a pathway to a stronger life science workforce with an internship program that helps undergraduate and graduate students connect classwork with real-world job skills. Hands-on laboratory or clinical experience in your regional university, laboratory, health or education center can be the difference-maker that inspires a student to persevere and pursue a career in the life sciences. Pair this practical experience with a proven professional development series designed for burgeoning scientists to create the future of the life science industry in your area.

Extracurricular Programs

Introduce after-school programs that allow high school students to experience immersive life science learning led by scientists in cutting-edge laboratories. Additional time outside of the classroom in a research setting can help a student imagine a future as a STEM professional.