STEM Ready Workforce

We inspire a future-ready STEM workforce. 

In an era where technological advancements shape the fabric of our society, the urgency to address the shortcomings in STEM education has never been more pressing. Both Kentucky and the nation at large confront a critical challenge concerning the performance and engagement of students in STEM disciplines, leading to a widening talent deficit. Through a range of meticulously designed programs, events, and outreach endeavors, local youth are being galvanized to explore the realms of science, technology, engineering, and math. These efforts not only ignite passion and curiosity but also serve as a crucial conduit, funneling a stream of proficient talent towards the burgeoning needs of regional businesses.

Embedded within the rich tapestry lies a legacy of innovation, nurtured by robust collaborations between STEM employers and educators. This symbiotic relationship not only underscores the region's commitment to technological advancement but also positions it as a vanguard in shaping the future trajectory of STEM education. Leveraging this historical foundation and fortified by steadfast partnerships, the region stands uniquely equipped to mold the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators. By instilling a sense of purpose and possibility in the minds of young learners, southeastern Wisconsin is catalyzing a transformative shift, ensuring that the talent pipeline remains vibrant and responsive to the evolving demands of a technology-driven world.

Workforce Readiness Requires Stronger STEM Education

Numerous business articles and reports share concerns that the US is falling behind in building a strong global workforce. For example, reports that the US will need to fill 3.5 million STEM jobs by 2025, with more than two million going unfilled due to a lack of highly skilled candidates, have some calling it a crisis.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers play a critical role in the sustained growth and stability of the US economy. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators - all vital components of the products and processes that sustain the US economy and contribute to its ability to be a global force.

Innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas and most future jobs will require a basic understanding of math and science. But, recent reports show that US students lag behind other developing countries' mathematics and science scores. So what can we do to create a strong STEM workforce? 

Stem Education is Workforce Readiness 

Black and Hispanic workers remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce

Black and Hispanic workers remain underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce compared with their share of all workers, including in computing jobs, which have seen considerable growth in recent years.

The representation of women varies widely across STEM occupations. Women make up a large majority of all workers in health-related jobs, but remain underrepresented in other job clusters, such as the physical sciences, computing and engineering.

Current trends in STEM degree attainment appear unlikely to substantially narrow these gaps, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of federal employment and education data. Black and Hispanic adults are less likely to earn degrees in STEM than other degree fields, and they continue to make up a lower share of STEM graduates relative to their share of the adult population. And while women now earn a majority of all undergraduate and advanced degrees, they remain a small share of degree earners in fields like engineering and computer science – areas where they are significantly underrepresented in the work force.