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Opinion: Make 2013 the year of STEM

April 30th, 2013

McKinstry CEO Dean Allen has a compelling opinion piece in today’s Olympian, detailing the need for improved STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Washington state and making the case for legislation during the legislature’s upcoming special session.  STEM is critical to our state’s current and future economy. As the Roundtable’s recent skills gap report, Great Jobs Within Our Reach, detailed –… Read more

Opportunity knocks for STEM students

May 28th, 2012

From the WashACE blog this week… “Getting into one of Washington’s public universities takes a good deal of scholastic elbow grease, and, these days, a small fortune. However, an ambitious public-private scholarship program funded by Microsoft and Boeing, with matching taxpayer dollars, is giving students who focus on science, technology, engineering and math a better shot at a four-year degree. The Washington State… Read more

Making computer science a credit that counts

April 18th, 2012

Our recent skills gap report, Great Jobs Within Our Reach, took an in-depth look at the gap between the skills that workers in Washington have and the skills needed to fill a growing number of jobs in our state.  There are currently 25,000 jobs that have been open for more than three months because employers can’t find qualified candidates.  Washington has a leaky… Read more

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