How One Program Sparks STEM Interest in Middle Schoolers

Creating the next great technology innovations is crucial to the advancement of our society and the American economy.  Unfortunately, the American workforce is crippled by a lack of experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is what we call the STEM skills gap. Since this week is National Engineers Week, we’re doing a three-part blog series on STEM-related topics. In part one, we examined the fastest-growing STEM jobs for 2015. In part two, we looked at the state of STEM in education and the workforce. In part three (this post), we’ll explore a program that helps inspire middle schoolers to become interested in STEM disciplines through exposure to actual STEM professionals. 

According to research done by the DIGITS project in Massachusetts, if you ask a middle- schooler what kinds of jobs use Math and Science, the most common answers are Math Teacher, Banker, or Cashier. But, after they’ve had a visit from a STEM professional through their program, the kids know about Programmers, Medical Technicians, Engineers, Architects and many other careers, and they are much more likely to be interested in studying more advanced topics in Math and Science.
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The State of STEM in America

Engineers-week-4Creating the next great technology innovations is crucial to the advancement of our society and the American economy.  Unfortunately, the American workforce is crippled by a lack of experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is what we call the STEM skills gap. Since this week is National Engineers Week, we’re doing a three-part blog series on STEM-related topics. In part one, we examined the fastest-growing STEM jobs for 2015. In part two (this post), we look at the state of STEM in education and the workforce. In part three, we’ll explore a program that helps inspire middle schoolers to become interested in STEM disciplines through exposure to actual STEM professionals. 

According to a 2014 report by the General Accounting Office (GAO), nearly all of the nation’s job growth between 2004 and 2012 occurred in STEM fields.  The number of non-STEM jobs remained about the same during that time span. And while the percentage of students earning degrees in STEM fields has increased over the past decade, America still lacks the trained workforce to meet the growing job market. Looking at measures of academic performance on a global scale, the United States lags far behind other countries.
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Hot STEM Jobs in 2015

Engineers-Week-1Creating the next great technology innovations is crucial to the advancement of our society and the American economy. Unfortunately, the American workforce is crippled by a lack of experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is what we call the STEM skills gap. Since this week is National Engineers Week, we’re doing a three-part blog series on STEM-related topics. In part one (this post), we’ll examine the fastest-growing STEM jobs for 2015. In part two, we’ll look at the state of STEM in education and the workforce. In part three, we’ll explore a program that helps inspire middle schoolers to become interested in STEM disciplines through exposure to actual STEM professionals. 

This year, hiring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) will continue to show a strong and growing demand. 31 percent of hiring managers plan to create new opportunities in these areas in 2015, which is up from 26 percent last year. Here’s a list of some of the top jobs in STEM to watch, and how to get started if you’re interested in finding a job in that field:
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Top 10 Marketing Conferences in 2015

group-of-employees-at-a-table2015 is almost here, and that means it’s time to start planning your conference schedule for the coming year. There are some real stand-out marketing conferences coming up in 2015, and they can be a great way to improve your knowledge and understanding of various marketing strategies and topics, as well as network with people from your industry and others. Below are ten of the top marketing conferences coming up this year. Book early to take advantage of early bird discounts!
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Celebrating National Staffing Employee Week: Sept. 15-21

ADO-Fb-Image-NSEW (2)On any given day, Adecco connects more than 70,000 talented workers to the best job opportunities across the country. We know just how hard our Associates work and how much time they spend in the workplace. That’s why we want to make sure they have the right position at the right company, as well as the resources to realize their career goals. During National Staffing Employee Week – and every week – we wish our Associates abundant success as Adecco temporary and contract workers. 

What is National Staffing Employee Week?

Organizations big and small work with staffing companies to find skilled contract and temporary workers to fill positions in a myriad of fields and sectors. National Staffing Employee Week was established by the American Staffing Association to honor the millions of Americans who are employed by staffing firms, and is held September 15-21 this year.

Every day in America, there are roughly 2.98 million workers employed by staffing companies. In a year, more than 11 million temporary and contracts workers are employed by staffing companies in the United States. The ASA also reports 79 percent of temporary employees often work full-time; 35 hours per week or more.

Temporary workers have been contributing to the economy for decades, and employers seeking qualified staff are increasingly looking into staffing companies to fill their needs. It should also be noted that the staffing industry generated a staggering $122 billion in sales in 2013 alone.
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Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6th-12th, 2014

ADO_nurseweek_statuscrop (2)National Nurses Week is a yearly event to honor and celebrate our nurses. It was originally celebrated in October, 1954 to recognize the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Nightingale is considered the founder of nursing. In 1990 the American Nurses Association expanded it into a yearly national event, and it now takes place between May 6 and May 12 each year – the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year, Nurses Week 2014 is celebrating the 160th anniversary.

The modern purpose of Nurses Week is to recognize and appreciate the contributions that nurses make within their communities. It is the biggest health care event in the U.S., and celebrations are organized throughout the nation to recognize and honor the 2.7 million registered nurses, 1.4 million nursing assistants, and 740,000 licensed and vocational nurses, and the indispensable work they do.

The number of nurses in our nation is already impressive, but their numbers are projected to further rise in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there to be 3.2 million registered nurses, 1.8 million nursing assistants, and 921,300 licensed and vocational nurses by 2022.

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