2015-2016 STEM Jobs Approved (SM) Surveys Now Open: Ground-breaking Assessments Will Identify Leading Programs That Connect Classrooms to Careers in Stem Fields

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Victory Media announced today the opening of its 2015-2016 STEM JobsSM Approved survey assessments for colleges, high schools, employers and STEM-focused industry partners. Following the STEM JobsSM mission of empowering young people to “do what you love” for a living, STEM Jobs SM Approved ratings provide high school students and parents—along with K-12 school staff, company recruiters, HR teams and diversity managers—information about how STEM educational programs translate into real-world, long-term careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields

“STEM JobsSM inspires students to pursue their interests throughout their lives. Our ratings identify best practices and leaders in STEM education, recruitment, and workforce development,” says Daniel Nichols, President of STEM Jobs.

Victory Media announced today the opening of its 2015-2016 STEM JobsSM Approved survey assessments for colleges, high schools, employers and STEM-focused industry partners. Following the STEM JobsSM mission of empowering young people to “do what you love” for a living, STEM JobsSM Approved ratings provide high school students and parents—along with K-12 school staff, company recruiters, HR teams and diversity managers—information about how STEM educational programs translate into real-world, long-term careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Taking one or more of the STEM JobsSM Approved annual surveys is the first step for educators, employers and industry partners to understand how well they connect “classrooms to careers” for the nation’s next generation of professionals.

“STEM JobsSM inspires students to pursue their interests throughout their lives. Our ratings identify best practices and leaders in STEM education, recruitment, and workforce development,” says Daniel Nichols, President of STEM Jobs.

This year, STEM JobsSM launches four distinct but complementary surveys:
1.    STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges for post-secondary schools,
2.    STEM JobsSM Approved Schools for high school administrators and school districts;
3.    STEM JobsSM Approved Employers for organizations seeking STEM-qualified job candidates; and
4.    STEM JobsSM Approved Partners for businesses, industry organizations and non-profits committed to filling the technical skills and employment gap and empowering more women and minorities to enter STEM.

Each survey captures information about activities, resources and outcomes in four focus areas: STEM Partnership, Diversity, Career Orientation and Student Opportunity. Questions are scored against national benchmarks derived from research-based practices that support and enhance a diverse and STEM-capable talent pipeline.

The STEM JobsSM Approved Awards program begins with the announcement of the first Industry Awards in the Early Fall issue of STEM JobsSM magazine. National Awards will be announced in Late Fall, and Top 50 rankings will be unveiled in the 2016 Winter and Spring editions of the publication. Lists and awards will also be available online, along with prior year recipients, at http://www.stemjobs.com.

STEM JobsSM Approved survey results and ratings, plus articles, magazines and online resources, are distributed for free in thousands of secondary and post-secondary institutions nationwide and online.

For additional information, visit http://www.stemjobs.com/sjasurvey, or contact Victory Media with questions at survey(at)stemjobs(dot)com. STEM JobsSM Approved surveys must be received by August 15, 2015 to be considered for the first round of STEM JobsSM Approved Industry Awards; surveys must be received by December 15, 2015 to be considered for STEM JobsSM Approved National Awards.
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About STEM JobsSM Ratings:
STEM JobsSM Approved surveys and ratings measure how effectively colleges, high schools, companies and industry partners connect STEM classroom learning to careers in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures entities on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent advisory board. A complete description is available at http://www.stemjobs.com. Follow us at http://www.facebook.com/stemjobs and @stem_jobs on Twitter.

About Victory Media:
Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in STEM JobsSM, G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at http://www.victorymedia.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Barbara Pflughaupt at 212-707-8181 or Gabrielle Torello at 917-312-2832.

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