Welcome to STEM-SMART
Welcome to STEM-SMART. Our mission is to help U.S. companies find highly qualified, diverse and well-prepared STEM graduates from U.S. colleges and universities who can deliver compelling results the first day on the job. STEM-SMART creates integrated communities of students, universities, and companies working together to meet the increasing needs of a highly-qualified STEM workforce in the United States.
Importance of STEM
Many employers struggle to find the right graduates to fill STEM-related jobs. In a NYS report on future workforce trends, it was stated: “The challenge will be not to find jobs for people but instead, to find people for the jobs.”* This is a nationwide concern over the growing gap between increasing labor needs in such fields as Construction, Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Biomedical, Energy and Nanotechnology, along with a myriad of other STEM-related sectors – and the number of STEM-degreed graduates entering the workforce. In addition, for those companies seeking to diversify their labor pool by increasing the number of women and people of color with STEM qualifications, the task is even more daunting.
STEM-SMART brings together high school and college graduates, universities, and industry to ensure that the workforce needs of employers are understood and met. Graduates need ongoing information and counsel from employers about their workforce needs; universities need this information so that it can refine its curriculum to meet the emerging needs of employers; and employers need opportunities to actively engage with both graduates and universities. STEM-SMART does all of the above!
STEM-SMART seeks to improve the odds at both ends of the tunnel – by increasing the pipeline of young people entering STEM fields, and by building long-term relationships between industry and higher education so that graduates with specific skill sets and companies with specific needs can find each other.
*Regional Talent Pipeline Study from the Greater Capital Region Workforce Investment Board – 12/3/09)