STEM Career Interest on the Rise
February 7, 2013
February 7, 2013
By: Anthony Mitchell, ACTE intern
“Since the graduating class of 2004, overall interest in
STEM majors and careers among high school seniors has increased by over 20
percent,” says a new report on STEM education from
STEMconnector and My College Options.
The report draws links between interest in STEM-related
careers and an increase in STEM jobs, identifying the STEM career
interests of more than one million U.S. high school students and projecting
that the number of jobs available in the field will approach 16 million by
2018. The report also breaks down the interest in STEM majors and careers in
all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Mechanical engineering was considered to be the most popular
career choice among students interested in STEM. A career in biology was also
highly sought after among students, with nearly 12 percent expressing an
interest in biology.
What are going to be the fastest-growing jobs within STEM,
you ask? According to the study, cloud computing and development of mobile
applications technology are two fields that will see extensive job growth by
2015. The report predicts that by 2018, many of the jobs available in
STEM-related fields will be in the computing industry.
The full report is available for purchase from the STEMconnector store. You can use this
information to increase awareness in your community on the viability of a
career in STEM, and the role CTE plays in developing a strong STEM workforce.
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Announces Career Counseling Bill
In a press
release today, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) announced a bill designed to
improve school counseling resources across the country. The Counseling for
Career Choice Act of 2013 provides increased support and professional
development for school counselors to have the resources and materials to help
students make educated decisions about their future, whether it is a four-year
university, career and technical education program in high school or other
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