The current issue (August 22, 2013) of OVAE Connection, published by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, has an interesting article. It include a link to the full Brooking Institution report on the subject matter.
“Jonathan Rothwell, senior research associate and associate fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions, recently had published The Hidden STEM Economy. The report focuses on the often-overlooked role of workers with less than a four-year degree in today’s STEM economy. Rothwell maintains that the “excessively professional definition of STEM jobs has led to missed opportunities to identify and support valuable training and career development.” STEM workers are a vital component in driving economic growth, but policymakers have focused too intently on STEM workers needing a bachelor’s degree or above, ‘while overlooking a strong potential workforce of those with less education but substantial STEM skills.’”
For the full report:
The Hidden STEM Economy
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