Indiana is suffering a brain drain of science, engineering and information technology graduates, and must address it with aggressive efforts to help employers fill thousands of high-paying jobs and keep the state competitive.
That’s one finding of a new report commissioned by BioCrossroads, a life sciences business development group that has long warned that Indiana needs to do more to attract and retain talent for laboratories and clinics across the state.
Only 33 percent of in-state college biology students remain in Indiana after graduation, along with just 38 percent of engineering students, 49 percent of computer and information science students, and 60 percent of health care students, according to the report, which was released Thursday.
While graduates are leaving, jobs in health care and life sciences in Indiana are booming, and employers are often searching high and low for talent.
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The Duke Energy Foundation is awarding IUPUI’s Center for Earth and Environmental Science a $400,000 grant. The school says the funding will allow the center to double the number of students it reaches through its Discovering the Science of the Environment program.
The program currently serves about 3,000 students each year in the Indianapolis area. The school says the grant will allow it to expand its reach to areas outside of Marion and surrounding counties. CEES says the funding will also enable the program to expand its curriculum to include alternative energy and energy conservation. The school will also purchase a “mobile science trailer,” which will include interactive technology and GIS mapping capabilities for use in hands-on outdoor lessons.
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STARBASE Indiana – Indianapolis is seeking an Office Manager for a unique hands-on, minds-on program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) concepts. The primary purpose of this position is to manage records, correspondences, files, as well as handle a variety of administrative support tasks.
Some of the qualifications: The STARBASE Office Manager is required to have a variety of education, skills, aptitudes, knowledge, and experiences.
– Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree preferred, combined with at least 5 years of experience as an administrative assistant/office manager
– Demonstrated ability composing, formatting, and proofing of correspondence, spreadsheets and databases
– Ability to maintain detailed record keeping, tracking, and filing systems
– Ability and willingness to devote time as needed for quality communication and effective relationships with military personnel, government officials and dignitaries, staff, teachers, school principals, parents, students, and volunteers.
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