A combination of Marcellus shale development and the expected retirement of skilled tradespeople is driving the need for STEM workers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. RAND's latest report showcases API's progress in improving STEM education and developing the workforce in the three states.
Rethinking STEM in areas that rely on heavy industry and manufacturing jobs is a cultural shift, but perhaps one that's long overdue. API is working to help the existing workforce throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia identify transferable skills.
The New York Post profiles a unique API program that's changing lives in Greene County, PA. The course trains students in land-use, construction safety, and pipeline operations, preparing them for jobs in the natural gas industry.
The Benedum Foundation has a long history of funding education initiatives in the Pittsburgh region—which it continues as an API founding partner. It supports curriculum development for advanced manufacturing labs; funds STEM learning programs at close to 60 elementary, middle, and high school; and focuses on future workforce training in the petrochemicals industry.
RAND's Gabriella Gonzalez and Chevron's Trip Oliver appear on CBS Pittsburgh's Sunday Business Page to discuss RAND's latest study on the STEM labor market throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—and how the Appalachia Partnership Initiative is working to support workforce development in the region.
RAND's recent report on the STEM labor market in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio illuminates the need for "a pipeline of skilled workers who have the technical, academic and hands-on training" to address retirements and growth in the region, writes Stacey Olsen of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Good energy-sector jobs are available in at least one corner of Appalachia, but can the region's schools produce the workers ready to fill those jobs? And will future federal policies support this area of need?
Inquire Within is a partnership between public television station WQED Pittsburgh, API-sponsor Chevron, and libraries throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Participating libraries choose from a menu of STEM, early literacy, and other program options that create impactful, hands-on, family-centered educational experiences for children in their communities.
Today's workforce may require a different mix of skills than the last century, so investing in high school career and technical education (CTE) programs is critical. When American workers can better meet the modern needs of the workplace, America can stay competitive.
The STEM economy will grow by 17 percent through 2018, with expected job vacancies totaling 2.4 million. Middle-skill STEM jobs that require associate's degrees or occupational certifications—such as computer support specialists, web developers, and engineering technicians—are in the highest demand.
Aligning student learning and workers' skills with jobs is urgent in the Pittsburgh region. The Appalachia Partnership Initiative helps to adress this—aiming to fill gaps in skills, reform the talent pipeline, and better prepare for long-term economic vitality.