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Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Education: Building a Bridge to Careers in STEM

The Committee for Economic Development, in partnership with José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy and others have released the issue brief "Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Education: Building a Bridge to Careers in STEM."

From the Brief:

Engaging women in STEM education and career fields is a key linkage to overcoming this skills gap. In August 2011, the U.S. Commerce Department released a study, Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation, which found that although women make up almost half of the U.S. workforce and half of the college-educated workforce, they are greatly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among those with STEM degrees. While the report found that contributing factors may likely include a lack of female role models and gender stereotyping, it ultimately found “evidence of a need to encourage and support women in STEM.” Educators and administrators at schools like José Martí Math and Science Technology (MAST) 6-12 Academy in Hialeah, Florida, believe that the key to increasing the numbers of women in STEM careers begins with eliminating barriers for young girls who excel in STEM-related subjects.

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Date Published
July 10, 2013

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