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Miami students get a glimpse of careers in science and engineering

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Tomorrow, February 27, 2014, 170 students from three Miami schools will be among nearly 2,000 nationwide participating in the AT&T Hispanic/Latino Association’s National High Technology Day. The goal behind the annual event is to get more minority students interested in science, math and engineering career opportunities by exposing them to positive role models in science and technology. According to the National Science Foundation, Hispanics in 2007 accounted for less than 7 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering. All minorities combined received 25 percent of degrees.

Investing in a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing we can do to help the United States lead in a digital, global economy. Many high-paying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs go unfilled as candidates lack necessary technical skills, training and post-secondary degrees. And the skills gap is widening:

Growing Demand

  • STEM jobs are projected to grow by 17 percent and to produce 2.8 million new job openings. In contrast, job growth in other professions is projected to be less than 10 percent.
  • According to McKinsey, 64 percent of companies have vacancies for STEM positions due to a lack of qualified applicants.
  • By 2020, the U.S. will demand 123 million highly skilled workers, but there will only be 50 million qualified people to fill these roles. (Gordon, E. (2009). The Global Talent Crisis. The Futurist, 43(4) Sept/Oct: 34- 39)

Inadequate Supply

  • More than one-fifth of all students fail to graduate with their class. (Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, Annual Update February 2013)
  • The U.S. ranked 47 out of 144 countries in the quality of our math and science education. (World Economic Forum (2012),The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013. Only 8 percent of American college students major in engineering, and only 5 percent major in computer science and math. (Anthony Carnevale, Jeff Strohl and Michelle Melton. Selected Findings from what’s it Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors. Georgetown University: Center on Education and the Workforce)

Here’s what you need to know:

What

Miami area students are getting an inside look at a career in technology, thanks to HACEMOS, AT&T’s Hispanic/Latino Association. On Thursday, Feb. 27, 170 students from Lawrence Academy, Edison Middle School, and Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School will participate in a half-day mentorship program packed with hands-on technical activities.

HACEMOS volunteers will engage teens in interactive workshops to provide the type of technical training that is not part of a regular classroom curriculum. This year, the 16th annual HACEMOS National High Technology Day will reach more than 1,900 high school students in 30 cities.

When

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014: 9:20 a.m. – 1 p.m. Best opportunity for visuals between 9:50 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Where

AT&T, 600 NW 79th Ave, Miami, FL 33126

Who

  • High school students learning about careers in technology
  • HACEMOS volunteers presenting workshops and technology demonstrations

Visual/Interviews

  • Students taking the It Can Wait no texting while driving pledge and learning about AT&T U-Verse and Digital Life technologies
  • Testimonials from local students
  • Interviews with HACEMOS volunteers and AT&T leadership

On-site contact

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