• At first, I thought this was only an after-school study class but over the years I have discovered that it’s so much more. I’m so happy that the we’ve had the program for five years but I am sad to know that next year is the last year it will be here.

    Chad Desjardins

Bridging the STEM Gap for Rural Students

Even with limited resources, schools far from urban centers are making real-world connections

The need to prepare young students for STEM careers is urgent. That’s even true in Washington state, ranking fourth nationally for technology-based corporations as home to Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon and many smaller employers. STEM is serious business in our state.

An estimated 45,000 STEM-related jobs in Washington will go unfilled in 2017. The successful new employees are likely to come from outside the state. Washington ranks 46th nationwide for students participating in science and engineering graduate programs and remains a net importer of bachelor- and graduate-level STEM professionals.

Washington’s STEM employers seek more well-prepared local applicants. What’s needed are more students in the pipeline, and that means students from many rural communities.

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