One strategy that has been successful in aligning education to business and industry needs has been the Louisiana FastStart program, which was launched in 2008. The program offers job training (that compliments other incentives from LED) for new and expanding companies in the state free of charge. Although the program is nationally recognized, it is for adults.
The need for FastStart-type programs reveals the fact that business is experiencing STEM shortages NOW.
K-12 reform cannot be expected do it all; neither can higher education.
How (and how) soon do we engage multi-sector partners, academics, government, and business, in planning and implementation of a strong STEM strategy that fits our state?
The Role of Business* in STEM Education
- Advocate for making STEM talent development a state and/or regional priority
- Participate in state-wide strategic planning for STEM
- Help document and communicate workforce needs and trends
- Support state-led STEM policies that increase research and partnerships with K16
- Support K-16 learning opportunities where possible
- Internships, mentoring, advisories
Learn More: Business Leaders Guide to Mobilizing State Action on STEM
* Business refers to: Non-academic entities, such as commercial entities, government,workforce and economic development organizations, philanthropy, and informal education providers, etc.