Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
The U.S. only has 120,000 engineering graduates annually as compared to India’s one million, according to recent reports. Additionally, some researchers say girls are 50% more likely than boys to express interest in web design. So why aren’t Americans pursuing careers in science, engineering and technology? And, more importantly, what can we do about it? The Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition has called upon the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to help leading industries close the gap and increase the number of science, engineering, technology and mathematics professionals by communicating as a community in a free-form social network: SETforJOBS.org.
“Today, Science Engineering and Technology received a critical adrenalin injection. The Business and Education STEM Coalition (BISEC) just launched SETforJOBS, the social media hub linking the needs of the 21st Century U.S. workforce to the dreams of today's students,” said Ed Doody, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA). “This interpersonal social network will encourage and foster critical career pathways. I heartily endorse SETforJOBS. Visit the site; subscribe; and actively engage!”.
SETforJOBS.org offers a free-form social networking experience where members can share information, opportunities, mentoring, join discussions, enter contests and support the Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) Awards and other impactful events. Take the pledge to support science, engineering, technology and mathematics by signing up at SETforJOBS.org.
“The Navy League is a proud member of the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition (BISEC), and applaud its creation in order to help align STEM efforts. Our Navy League business members understand the importance of investing in STEM education for our youth, our national security, and our future,” said Dale A. Lumme, National Executive Director, Navy League of the United States. “SETforJOBS.org will immediately improve the quality and impact of the many STEM programs our community has supported to help inspire and develop our future workforce.”
“The Air Force Association sees tremendous promise in BISEC’s new initiative: SETforJOBS.org. This social networking website represents a home for the thousands of vitally concerned leaders and organizations to share information and best practices. We applaud the vision to provide this resource for all sectors of our society to interact to solve one of our nation’s most pressing problems – inspiring the technically educated workforce we need to remain competitive economically and secure physically, “ commented David T. “Buck” Buckwalter, Executive Vice President, Air Force Association.
“Explore how SET for Jobs is building America’s Workforce! Participate in student competitions listed on the website. Competitions stimulate higher levels of achievement when they incorporate expertise from industry, government and education, according to Dr. Ralph K. Coppola, Director of the Real World Design Challenge & Senior Director of Government & Strategic Education Programs for Programs at PTC. “When students experience these competitions, students’ motivation and achievements soar. Here is one example. The Real World Design Challenge bridges the needs of the industry with the future of education. It teaches innovation, creativity, collaboration and other 21st Century skills using the expertise that industry, government and higher education have been perfecting for decades. With this real world approach to learning, we can keep our workforce strong and ensure America’s prosperity for the future.”
The Business and Industry Stem Education Coalition’s purpose is to enhance and elevate the U.S. commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to facilitate STEM Education through private and public partnerships. BISEC’s purpose is also to align efforts to improve STEM education to develop the future workforce in order to build our nation’s economic competiveness, sustain national security, and develop future jobs and employment specialties that engage a dynamic STEM workforce.
About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education. EIC provides information resources for entertainment creators through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the entertainment industry. EIC produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of prevention, treatment and recovery from drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org.