TechNet Welcomes Release of White House’s Five-Year STEM Strategy
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed the release of “Charting A Course For Success: America’s Strategy For STEM Education,” the White House’s five-year strategic STEM education plan.
Increasing access to STEM education programs is key to the continued success of the American innovation economy, but the U.S. faces a growing skills gap that is leaving too many Americans unable to secure well-paying jobs in high-skilled sectors. In 2016, there were approximately 3.3 million STEM job openings posted online, but that same year U.S. universities graduated just 568,000 students with STEM degrees.
The following statement can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:
“Neither the private sector nor policymakers should rest until STEM courses are taught in every school in America. It is an urgent economic and national security imperative for our nation to boost STEM education and training for Americans of all ages, and to encourage teachers, mentors, the private sector, and other partners to not only instruct but keep people engaged in these exciting fields.
“We commend the Trump Administration for its commitment to strengthening STEM education and training in the U.S., especially its call for boosting public-private partnerships and promoting a more diverse and inclusive STEM talent pipeline. Our nation’s full potential can only be achieved if all Americans have access to the STEM education and training resources they need to succeed in the digital economy. In 2019 and beyond, TechNet looks forward to continuing our work with the White House, Congress, and state and local policymakers to advance STEM education policies.”
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic American businesses ranging from startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents over three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Olympia, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.