The STEM Imperative: 100 CEO Leaders Discuss the Importance of STEM in the US
CEOs across sectors and industries are concerned about the rapidly growing need for employees with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). By 2018, there is expected to be a shortage of 230,000 STEM employees, which presents a strategic challenge for the US companies and the US economy. To explore these challenges, STEMconnector®, a leading organization for STEM education and careers, released a first-of-its-kind publication of “100 CEO Leaders in STEM,” presenting 100 corporate CEO profiles, including their thought provoking views on the future of our national competitiveness and need for a STEM workforce.
TCS carried out an in-depth analysis, using its Voice of Customer Analytics (VoCA) solution to mine and analyze the CEOs’ responses, revealing insights into trends, challenges and recommended solutions.
Future of Computer Science (CS)
The rapidly growing need for employees with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) poses a considerable challenge for US companies. To address this, TCS joined with STEMconnector® to host an executive round table — to bring much needed attention to computer science — from the perspectives of education, policy, workforce and career. Key takeaways include:
- Leaders across sectors must join forces and align their efforts in supporting CS education at national & regional levels.
- CS must be a high school graduation requirement at the state level.
- Big and small businesses can, and should, join together to influence public policy and education reform.
- Nonprofit initiatives, which provide education to students are critical to addressing the need for skilled programmers.
- Corporate America must ignite students’ interest in CS by collaboratively spreading the word about the opportunities available through volunteer programs.
TCS' goIT Initiative
TCS’ signature capacity building educational platform, goIT, is a year-long in-school workshop that brings TCS’ volunteer mentors into the classroom to teach technology innovation and computer science. Ending with a summer camp session, students study computer science topics and are inspired by robotics and innovative education lead by TCS volunteers.
- Increase the percentage of US high school students interested in pursuing STEM careers from 17% to 25%.
- Increase the number of high schools that offer Computer Science as a course from 2,500 to 10,000 by 2016.
- Train and equip 10,000 teachers to teach computer science courses in these schools.
Learn more about goIT.
TCS has initiated national level partnerships and program initiatives to leverage our IT expertise and core competency to build capability, increase capacity, enhance quality and improve employability.
TCS STEM Thought Leadership
TCS increases STEM capability by working with educators and community groups to identify and communicate the skills that are needed for a STEM worker in the future.
- TCS’ academic and research alliances with over 42 US universities and higher education institutions improve employability by developing industry-liaison programs to connect employers with promising students.
- TCS leads forums ranging from the White House Champions of Change Technology Inclusion event, the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation panel discussion “Addressing the Skills Gap,” STEM Diversity Challenge with the Departments of Defense and Education, World Economic Forum regional conference in Washington, DC, among others.
- With our sponsorship and support, STEMconnector released the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication, which is an unprecedented thought leadership piece that aggregates corporate executives’ views and ideas on STEM education and its role in bringing America back to the helm of innovation.
- With the support of its partners and a number of universities, TCS will publish white papers and lead STEM communications for its clients and customers.
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