Pam Erickson, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Raytheon
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Even as a quarter million kids, teachers and parents descend on Washington, D.C. for the U-S-A Science and Engineering Festival this weekend, we face a shortage of engineers and scientists. Baby boomers are retiring in droves and the national pool of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math – also known as STEM – is shrinking, despite increased demand.
Pam Erickson, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at technology company Raytheon outlines the critical importance of STEM education.
DATA TRENDS CLEARLY INDICATE A PROBLEM. RECENT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT ONLY SIXTEEN PERCENT OF AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE BOTH PROFICIENT IN MATH AND INTERESTED IN A S-T-E-M CAREER BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. COMPANIES THAT DEPEND ON ENGINEERING TALENT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SHRINKING TALENT PIPELINE. TODAY’S MATH AND SCIENCE STUDENTS ARE TOMORROW’S TECHNOLOGY LEADERS. WE HAVE TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN ENSURING THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HAS THE FOUNDATION THEY NEED TO DRIVE FUTURE INNOVATION.
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