The skills crisis, especially in STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
fields threatens our economy and standard
is a sense of urgency that we must do something
quickly to address the skills shortage in
our current and emerging workforce if we are
to remain successful in the global economy.
is an urgent need to create awareness of the
skills crisis, to engage students more in
the learning process,and employers in the
P-20 educational system.
- Too many
students do not see the relevance of academics
to their future career choices. Applied, project-based
learning and hands-on activities have been
shown to make classroom curricula relevant,
engaging, and meaningful to students.
the last fifteen years, the skilled trades
and apprenticeship programs have been largely
eclipsed by the push for college education
while the current skilled workforce has reached
retirement age. Now this trend must be reversed
to meet a serious workforce shortage.
thousands of dollars are spent annually by
employers, governors, state agencies, and
educators to develop and implement skills
training and credentialing programs to certify
both the technical and employability skills
of incumbent and potential employees.
is often confusion as to exactly what skills
are needed for specific careers, where to
get those skills, and what career credentialing
programs are available or might be developed.
- As the
effects of globalization are felt in every
facet of our economy, employers and career
seekers are sometimes confused by the number
and variety of training and certification