02/16/12 - Manufacturing Institute President Emily Stover DeRocco served on the working group for The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), advising on programs and policies to produce one million additional college graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). PCAST released their February 2012 report to the President, Engage to Excel, which puts forth a recommendation focusing on alternative STEM pathways offering nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials that validate skills and get students closer to their higher education goals. These are the pathways The Manufacturing Institute is building in the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.
"Besides increasing student persistence in STEM education, more students need to be attracted to STEM disciplines to produce 1 million additional college graduates over the next decade. To take advantage of the breadth of talent in STEM fields, students who need non-traditional pathways to STEM degrees require special attention. Adult and working students and those from backgrounds atypical of traditional STEM students, including returning veterans, may need alternative pathways to be successful in STEM disciplines. New STEM pathways need to offer nationally portable, industry recognized credentials that are integrated into for-credit academic degree programs. These programs provide bridges from high school to community colleges, from community colleges to 4-year institutions, and from all institution types to STEM jobs."
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