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Indiana Department of Education Announces Nine New STEM Certified Schools

The Indiana Department of Education announced nine new STEM Certified Schools today. Full STEM Certification is awarded to schools or programs that demonstrate a commitment to providing high-quality STEM programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, while preparing students for success in the 21st century. In addition to the nine STEM Certified Schools, for the first time the Department also recognized one STEM Certified Program.

“I am pleased to recognize Indiana’s STEM Certified Schools today,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Programs like these provide students with the tools they need to be successful after high school, whether they go to college or enter the workforce. Moving forward, my Department is committed to working with all schools to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be exposed to high-quality STEM programs.”

STEM Certified Schools must demonstrate a commitment to employing inquiry and project based learning, community engagement, student-centered classrooms, and out-of-school STEM opportunities.

This is the second year of the STEM Certification Program. To date, 19 schools or programs have been recognized as STEM Certified by the Indiana Department of Education. STEM Certification lasts for five years, with the opportunity to renew at the end of the five year period.

The 2016 STEM Certified Schools are:

  • Grandview Elementary School – Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Indian Creek Elementary School – MSD Lawrence Township
  • Lafayette Sunnyside Intermediate School – Lafayette School Corporation
  • Madison Primary Center – South Bend Community School Corporation
  • Area 31 Career Center – MSD Wayne Township
  • The Career Academy of South Bend
  • Maple Crest Middle School – Kokomo School Corporation
  • New Tech Institute – Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
  • Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
  • The STEM Academy at Penn High School – Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation (program)

Additional information about STEM Certified Schools can be found on the Department’s website.

New Report Reveals America Will Need Foreign Labor to Fill STEM Jobs

According to the “2016 STEM U.S. News/Raytheon Index,” a report that measures STEM-related economic and education activity in the U.S.: Between 2014-2015, there were 30,835 additional STEM graduates compared to 230,246 additional STEM jobs; STEM degrees have increased by 5%; STEM graduate degrees have increased by 6%; Since 2000, STEM jobs have increased by 28% compared to 6% for all U.S. jobs. The good news is that U.S. colleges are producing more STEM grads, but a lot of them happen to be foreign students who are only here on a temporary visa.

Read the complete article here.

See the complete US News STEM Report here.