STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a new curriculum initiative aimed at improving student proficiencies in these specific disciplines. It is an integrative program that teaches these disciplines in a cohesive learning program with aims of improving our student’s competitiveness in technology-related fields and careers.
By experiencing a STEM program in lower grade levels, students are exposed to engineering-type disciplines early on with the hopes that interest in those fields will be attractive to them as they make future education and career choices. A proficiency in STEM disciplines can lead to jobs and careers that provide a living wage or higher with room for advancement.
The manufacturing sector is currently experiencing a phenomena that would benefit from an increase in adults entering the workforce with a greater understanding of science and technology. Industry leaders are seeing a decrease in qualified workers to fill open positions. Unfortunately, a career in manufacturing has not been seen as a viable option as a decades-long trend of declining manufacturing jobs has taken place. But with a resurgence in the manufacturing industry, there is a current and future need for skilled workers.
To change the perception of the manufacturing industry, programs are being offered that bring manufacturers, schools, and students together to explore options and availabilities in the current industrial environment. Manufacturing isn’t the same as it was 50 years ago. Computers and robotics have created a technical and interesting environment and it is this change we need to teach to today’s students so they will be tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce.
At Seilkop, we understand the difficulties of finding skilled workers. Providing educational training, information, and knowledge of what makes up todays industry will help us find the next generation of CNC machining and programming specialists. The idea that manufacturing jobs are dead-end positions with low pay is incorrect. Manufacturing offers workers skills and careers.
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