It’s Imagine! Career Week in the Pittsburgh region – a time each spring devoted to helping better prepare today’s young people for their futures as our workforce of tomorrow. Students, their parents, educators and employers will all be coming together at this time to find answers to questions such as “what do I want to be?” … “what kind of training and education is necessary?” … and “where will the jobs be?”
Here in the region where the economy is driven by knowledge, many of the job and career opportunities have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills at their root now, and this requisite will continue. Successful candidates for the region’s careers of tomorrow will need to be STEM-fluent (or even STEAM-fluent … Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The time is now for the region’s young people to acquire and hone skills ruled by the left and right brain – analytical ability and creativity. Command of these skills will differentiate the best candidates for exciting jobs and careers here in the Pittsburgh region, now and in the years to come.
The Pittsburgh Regional Compact – a partnership between educators and employers in the region who are collaborating to prepare young people for the region’s jobs and careers of the future – has just released its Spring 2012 issue of the Compact Quarterly newsletter. This issue explores STEM and its impact on the workforce of tomorrow from a variety of perspectives.
In fact, we’ve dubbed this our “STEM” edition of the newsletter. The communiqué and its articles complement much of the information and activities that will be presented during this year’s Imagine! Career Week.
It’s spring; the ground is soft and ready for hearty, sustaining roots. Let’s plant some STEM seeds, nurture and cultivate them, and grow amazing individuals ready for the opportunities our region has to offer.