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Now Is the Time for the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Innovators

STEMgirlsIf you graduated high school or college earlier this summer and have entered into the workforce, you may have discovered that finding employment is still pretty difficult. However, the Huffington Post says that there is one group of graduates that is having a higher success rate than most.

Students pursuing degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are entering a job market in which the demand for educated workers far outweighs the supply.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than all other fields, and the average starting salary for STEM graduates is more than 30 percent higher than it is for those earning other degrees. We’ve also shown that jobs in the manufacturing sector are making a comeback in 2014. With all this supporting data in mind, it is important for the success of our country that we support the next generation of leaders and innovators.

In today’s economy, students with STEM degrees have a lot going for them. The demand for more and more kids to get involved in STEM programs keeps growing as STEM employers are constantly looking for qualified applicants. Unfortunately, according to the Department of Education website, just 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career, and only half of those who do pursue a college major in the STEM fields choose to work in a related career.

Why is there such a loss of interest in these fields? We think we need to a better job of supporting and preparing our students studying STEM for the jobs of the future. One of the largest and most impactful programs in the country, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, is doing just that. In the four years since the program’s inception, Buick Achievers has awarded more than $28 million in scholarships to 3,400 high school seniors and undergraduate students – most of whom are pursuing careers in STEM.

This recent class of scholarship recipients are already blazing new territory in more ways than one. Half of the students are the first in their family to attend college. More than half are female. And minorities make up the majority. This new class of scholarship recipients is already evolving the face of STEM!

Another big step that could change the face of STEM careers would be to make education more affordable and accessible for all students, regardless of background. President Obama spoke on this subject in a recent trip to the University of Michigan: “In this economy, there is no greater predictor of individual success than a good education.” We couldn’t agree more!

It’s these programs and ideals that will lead to a boom in STEM education, as well as raise and educate the next generation of leaders in the workforce. Our country and our economy could use the boost in innovation from these gifted youngsters. We hope that you’ll be the next scholarship recipient, or the next innovator in the economy and put that STEM education to the best possible use.

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