Minnesota’s ability to attract and retain quality jobs depends on a workforce skilled in science and technology. For citizens, the capacity to solve important challenges and pursue meaningful work also depends on increased levels of science literacy.
As a new era of technology innovation and human exploration rapidly unfolds, Minnesota faces an urgent dilemma. According to Wilder Research, among 2012 high school graduates, only 5.0 percent of higher-income students and just 3.4 percent of lower-income students were gauged to be both interested in and equipped to pursue higher education in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics).
This is particularly surprising given the historical leadership of Minnesota people and institutions in boldly designing new solutions. With worker shortages already occurring in some job categories, how can this alarming trend be reversed?
Building a Community - Growing our Future STEM Workforce