December 10, 2018

White House Issues STEM Education Plan

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a five-year plan to support and enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States. The plan, OSTP said, will serve as a guide for federal and state officials and the private sector in developing STEM education strategies.

More than one dozen federal agencies worked together to develop the outline, which envisions a future where “all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM.” The report stated three key goals for advancing STEM education in the United States:

  • Build strong foundations for STEM literacy;
  • Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM; and
  • Prepare the STEM workforce for the future

The plan also prioritizes work-based learning opportunities and collaboration with the business community.

As Connecting the Dots reported earlier this fall, the National Association of Manufacturers has found that, today almost half a million jobs remain open in the manufacturing sector, and that manufacturers will need to fill as many as 2.4 million jobs between now and 2028. This five-year plan emphasizes learning experiences that prepare students for STEM careers – a key metric of success given the skills gap manufacturers are facing.