WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 30TH – This week, Million Women Mentors, in partnership with five states is proud to announce over 40,000 commitments to mentor a girl or young woman in STEM skills. The national goal of the movement is to garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions over the next four years, to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas. Indiana, recognized as a national leader in the STEM mentoring movement through programs such as US2020, is joining approximately 30 states by pledging 5,000 mentors along with new states Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and New Jersey.
Building on successful STEM mentoring programs currently underway in Indianapolis, one of seven cities selected nationally by US2020 to lead the STEM mentoring movement, Indiana is well on its way to creating a strong state steering committee with commitments from many STEM and women-related organizations. Efforts are being led by the Indiana Girls Collaborative Project (INGCP) and the I-STEM Resource Network, both of which include representatives from education, government, industry, organizations, and the US2020 Guiding Coalition of Indianapolis.
Read the complete Press Release here.
Technological innovation is often used as a measure of progress. And though America has historically produced one of the best scorecards in the world, competition is fiercer than ever.
But don’t expect the U.S. to relinquish its position anytime soon. According to Department of Commerce estimates, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2008 and 2018. That’s good news, considering the fact that about a million of such highly skilled jobs are needed to ensure the U.S. remains competitive against the world’s top innovators. In 2012, the federal government announced its plans to increase STEM jobs by as many over the next decade.
Given such high demand, STEM careers are currently some of the most lucrative in the country, earning higher salaries and facing lower threats of unemployment compared with non-STEM workers. In fact, the annual average wage for all STEM jobs was $79,640 in 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this past April. That’s 71 percent more than the national annual average wage of $46,440 for all jobs.
The Indianapolis metro area came in at 42nd, between Worcester, MA and Minneapolis/St. Paul. This is encouraging, especially since Chicago came in at number 70. But Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY, and Detroit all rank ahead of Indy.
Seethe complete report and interactive graphics here.
The STEM Action Coalition has a bill introduced into the Indiana House, HB1222, to greatly expand STEM education K-12 in Indiana. The bill has been assigned to the House Education Committee.
See the complete bill here.