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ERIC Number: EJ1002255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Mission Technician
Hull, Dan
Community College Journal, v83 n2 p36-40 Oct-Nov 2012
The country's technological edge is receding, and the problem cannot be solved simply by flooding the workforce with more engineers and scientists. This comes as little surprise to administrators at the nation's community colleges. In 2007, the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science, and the Institute of Medicine responded to a congressional request to gauge what would happen should America cede its global technological edge--and to suggest what should be done to halt such regression. The National Academies report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," zeroed in on an increasingly weak scientific and technical workforce and provided several recommendations, including encouraging more U.S. citizens to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). That was in 2007. Three years later, when the National Academies revisited the problem to gauge the nation's progress, it was disappointed to learn that few, if any, strides had been made. In the previous 15 months, the author worked with 22 educational and policy leaders and practitioners nationwide to author a book, "Career Pathways for STEM Technicians," which outlines a strategy for STEM high schools and encourages students to enter community college associate-degree programs in emerging technologies. The plan calls for opportunities and guidance for all students enrolled in STEM high schools, beginning in the ninth grade. Ninth- and 10th-grade courses at participating STEM high schools would be essentially the same for all students. In the 11th and 12th grades, students who have shown an interest and ability to pursue careers as STEM technicians would choose from a menu of courses aligned to an appropriate associate-degree program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States