STEM Education and Technology Inclusion

 
STEM Education & Technology Inclusion

The need for innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the US is urgent. As a leading IT services provider, TCS North America recognizes that its company’s future and that the nation’s increasingly knowledge-driven economy depends upon more Americans with STEM skills entering the workforce each year. Public policy makers in Washington, DC, and around the country are focused on ways to improve STEM education as a coordinated national effort.



STEM Education Challenge | National Partnerships | Key Program Initiatives | TCS STEM Thought Leadership

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The STEM Education Challenge

  • The STEM challenge in the US is compounded by low performance of students, lack of qualifications among teachers, and low quality of STEM education. 
  • Across the nation, student enrollment and achievement in STEM is declining, with only 17% of 12th graders both proficient in and interested in STEM careers, and 30% of high school seniors not graduating.
  • Furthermore, achievement rates of minority and underserved students remain well below the national average, with 50% of some minority groups not graduating from high school at all.  

The timing is right for TCS to use its IT core competency and technology leadership to help our nation’s schools and minority populations, and increase the visibility and accessibility to STEM careers. The TCS North America STEM council will provide direction; act as advisors and champion education initiatives for maximum client and workforce engagement. By working with national partners and strategically engaging with community organizations that can multiply programmatic impact, TCS will improve employability of future STEM workers, create new talent for TCS nationwide and gain higher visibility as a corporate community partner.

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National Partnerships

TCS has initiated national level partnerships and program initiatives to leverage our IT expertise and core competency to achieve the following:

  • Build capability in schools and for job education by advocating for the implementation of the common core standards across the US.
  • Increase capacity in STEM careers and education by increasing teacher and student awareness about STEM careers and inspiring innovative STEM education.
  • Enhance the quality of education by improving student performance, increasing teacher confidence and working with the Board of Education to influence STEM curriculum for future employability.
  • Improve employability by supporting the skill development at all levels of employment and creating STEM talent for the workplace.

STEM Connector
Create a thought leadership niche for TCS with clients, government and education, nationally.

TCS has partnered with STEMconnector®, a one-stop web-based resource for all STEM-related initiatives in North America. Functioning as both a service and a resource, STEMconnector provides comprehensive listings of programs, daily announcements, weekly newsletters and a number of virtual forums; and shares information on STEM education, careers and jobs, with a particular focus on diversity. 

nPower

Engage local communities with expert IT services and access to skilled mentors and teachers of computer science, with a special focus on diversity.

TCS and NPower are working in partnership on a number of national programs that will engage local community organizations and underserved populations with technology services and education programs. NPower leverages TCS’ volunteers and resources through established community programs, such as NPower Community Corps and NPower Technology Corps, which have proven successful with IT training programs for veterans. Additionally, TCS will work with NPower and other corporate and nonprofit leaders on the creation of a dynamic online platform to match IT professionals as mentors for Million Women Mentors.

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Key Program Initiatives

US 2020

Focus: Mobilize one million STEM professionals from the corporate sector to do 20+ hours per year of high quality STEM mentoring by the year 2020.

As an initiative founded from the Clinton Global Initiative, TCS and US2020 are working in partnership on a national movement to motivate 20% of our national corporate workforce as volunteer mentors for students interested in STEM education and careers by 2020. In the fall of 2013, US2020 will launch the City Competition in 10 pilot cities, working with city officials to raise awareness and increase participation in STEM mentoring with a goal to engage one million mentors. TCS will build the dynamic national database of mentors that will match mentors with students at desired level of interaction. This extensive database of experts and resources can accelerate STEM education in these targeted communities.

Read Press Release: TCS Joins US2020 as Founding Leadership Partner

Focus:

  • Increase the percentage of the US high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers from 13% to 20%. 
  • Increase the percentage of the US young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields in higher education from 45% to 50%. 
  • Increase the percentage of the US women staying in STEM careers from 24% to 30% through a workforce mentoring program.

TCS is a founding sponsor of Million Women Mentors (MWM), an initiative led by STEMconnector and in partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project, NPower and MentorNet. Working together, the goal is to increase interest in STEM education and careers in girls and women, with a special focus on minorities and underserved populations. The initiative will be launched in 2013 with a goal to establishing one million mentors by the year 2016.

Focus:

  • 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. 

TCS’ signature capacity building educational platform is goIT, 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.

Learn more about goIT.

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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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