(PRWEB) September 24, 2013
Georgia's Department of Education recently announced a focus on implementing IT in its high schools throughout the state that gives students access to coursework leading to industry credentials. With a focus on improving IT skills for students, NEF Cyberlearning announced its Adopt-a-School grant program that provides grants enabling schools to provide students, parents and their community IT, business and management courses. These courses and credentials can lead directly to work after high school or can translate into the advanced skills needed to excel in college or job promotions.
NEF has created an innovative program, CyberLearning web-based platform that addresses AYP and Core Curriculum requirements of school districts. NEF’s Cyberlearning grants provide a world class STEM education for K-12 students. The grant includes a STEM+ student academy, Parent Academy (IT, Business, and Management), Teacher Professional Development Academy, and a Workforce Development Academy.
The vision of NEF is to implement at least one district in each state. The program goal is to train a million employees in job skills below the market fee, and use the funds to provide world-class STEM education to a million students of schools adopted or chosen by the businesses/employers. NEF’s ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM is a great way to bridge the gap between businesses and non-profits. This private-public partnership creates a working relationship that can bring about a social change, specifically provide STEM education resources to disadvantaged schools.
The need for STEM skills is elevated in today’s global economy. Innovations in technology has heightened the demand for a STEM capable workforce; despite this high demand the US is following short in producing an ample supply of workers to meet demand. "According to the U.S. Labor Department, US alone has 13 million people looking for jobs. At the same time, US has 3 million jobs looking for qualified skilled people,” states Dr. Kuttan.
NEF Chairman, Dr. Appu Kuttan states, “America is ranked 25th out of 35 countries in math and science. To compete in the global economy, our students need better STEM skills. Our initiative is aimed at preparing our students better for college and STEM-related jobs, while helping to improve worker productivity in our businesses.”
Businesses save on annual training costs, and receive enormous CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and PR credits, effect social change in America’s classrooms. Schools get world-class STEM+ academies, and the students receive world-class individualized STEM + education, capable of advancing a student in a subject like math in 20-30 learning hours.
For more information, visit http://www.cyberlearning.org, or call NEF at 703-823-9999.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides by providing world-class education STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, English, test prep, digital literacy, IT, business and management education to millions of disadvantaged students and adults. See http://www.cyberlearning.org