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Only 5 percent of U.S. college graduates major in engineering
Go Boilermakers! - it was great to hear the chairman from Indiana speak so highly of Purdue University my alma mater. As an engineering graduate from Purdue University I hope our apps and web apps can help a future budding engineer.
My state of Indiana, and specifically the 4th District, which I represent, is home to one of the finest institutions for preparing American leaders in the STEM fields – Purdue University. Purdue is known as the “cradle of astronauts,” because 23 alumni have served as astronauts. These include Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, the first and last astronauts to walk on the moon. And so as we discuss how to prepare the children of tomorrow for STEM jobs, members of the Purdue community and folks all across Indiana will be paying particularly close attention.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), today held a hearing to review the state of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in America. Members discussed the need to reevaluate the federal government’s STEM investment to ensure it is helping students compete for jobs in these high-demand fields.
In his opening remarks, Rep. Rokita noted that although the number of high-paying STEM jobs has grown rapidly in the last decade, “the supply of workers with the skills needed to fill these in-demand positions has fallen short.”
Worse, Rep. Rokita noted, “The federal government has taken an active role in improving STEM education, but recent reports have shown that taxpayers’ multi-billion dollar investments are failing to produce the results that were expected.”
As a result, many believe the United States will be at a competitive disadvantage if students don’t have the skills to fill the 9.2 million STEM jobs expected in the next ten years.
“There is a widespread concern that our nation’s preeminence in science and innovation is eroding,” said Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston. “Only 5 percent of U.S. college graduates major in engineering, compared with 12 percent of European students and 20 percent of those in Asia.”