Our Latest Dashboard Scholarship Winner Announced

We are proud to award multiple STEM Premier scholarships each year. We understand the critical importance of financial aid, and seek to help our students as they pursue their academic and professional dreams. 

The STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship - awarded quarterly - asks students to provide their best answer to a certain question. The student with the most impressive, unique, or intriguing answer is selected as the winner. 

This time around, we asked applicants to submit their best answer to the following question: What kind of technology do you think will make the biggest impact in the next decade and why?

We had many fantastic applicants, and we are pleased to announce the winner...drumroll please…

Vy Le from Wichita, Kansas!

Vy is a sophomore at Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita interested in the field of medicine. Her college interests include Stanford, Harvard, the University of California-San Francisco, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the University of Kansas.    

We caught up with Vy for a little Q & A so we could get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:                                                                    

1. Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I love to listen to music (preferably classical/edm/kpop), but I don't have any specific artist/band as a favorite!

2. For fun, I like to...watch documentaries, cooking, or house design videos! I enjoy learning about history, watching people make food, or seeing someone design a house. Also, I love to learn new songs on the violin, whether it be modern music or classical, by just listening to the song!

3. If I could meet anyone in the world, I'd want to meet...Shinya Yamanaka! He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2012 for discovering that any mature cell has the genetic information to become a stem cell. This means a skin cell could be reprogrammed into a stem cell, which could potentially become any cell in the organism. This is super important (and cool) because any damaged organ or limb can be regrown with the same genetic information as the rest of the body!

4. The best teacher I've ever had was...I don't think I could just say one teacher. All of my teachers have been amazing and have done their job wonderfully! I've come to realize that teachers work super hard to educate students, and I appreciate all of my teachers' effort and hard work to succeed in doing so!

5. The last app I downloaded on my phone was..."Pocket Anatomy"! My sister had told me about it and I was quite interested because I figured it would be very helpful for me since I take a "human body systems" class! I'm still exploring the app, but I love how it lets you choose how much is on the body, like which layer you want to see (muscles, nerves, bone, etc).

6. After high school, my next step is...to go to a university! I don't know exactly what I intend to be at this time, but I know I want to help people medically, and so I will most likely major in something like biology!

7. In ten years, I see myself...graduating medical school with a M.D, starting my training to get a Ph.D!

8. My greatest dream is...for medical assistance to be available to everyone who needs it. I believe everyone should be able to get medical help if they need it. Money seems to be the biggest issue, but with the help of many charities and volunteers, we can all move a step further into making this dream a reality!

9. The thing I like the most about STEM Premier is...that it helps students organize everything in one account! Students can easily put down all the information they want colleges to know, such as experiences, achievements, and test scores. They can also share their profile with anyone, so it is way more efficient way than having to try and retype every achievement each time they might need to showcase their work! I guess you could say its organization skills are on point! :)

As part of her scholarship, Vy will also be awarded the exclusive STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship Digital Badge. 

Congratulations Vy! We have no doubt that you will make a big difference in medicine one day. Maybe even win your own Nobel Peace Prize! 

Looking Closer: Student Interest in Construction

In recent posts, we shed some light on some of the career interests of STEM Premier student members. Now we’re delving deeper into select industries to see exactly what careers students have on their radar. Today, we’re looking at the construction industry.

Construction is an area primed to grow quickly over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in construction-related occupations will grow ten percent between 2014 and 2024, which outpaces the average growth for all occupations. In terms of jobs, this will mean an increase of approximately 700,000 from 6.5 million to 7.2 million.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on the policies of Donald Trump’s incoming administration in regards to infrastructure development. The President-Elect has previously announced plans to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure development; a package which would further increase the need for additional construction jobs. This is excellent news for trade and technical schools who offer educational programming poised to meet this new demand. 

It also makes organizations such as ACE Mentor Program - which seeks to connect high school students with professionals in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields - all the more vital. 

To get a better idea of some of the construction occupations which STEM Premier students are interested, here is a small sample:

  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Equipment Operators
  • HAZMAT Removal Specialists
  • Plumbers

Is your school or organization looking for these kinds of students? If so, join STEM Premier today and start connecting.

ACT Releases Condition of STEM 2016 Report

A new year brings with it new resolutions, new opportunities, and new challenges.

It also brings new insights.

Recently, our friends at ACT released the 2016 edition of their National Condition of STEM Report.

The report compiles data from the nationwide administration of the ACT® test to the high school graduating class of 2016 - taken by a record 64% of students - along with it’s accompanying ACT Interest Inventory, which measures each ACT test taker’s interest in different educational and occupational areas.

The Interest Inventory provides an opportunity for ACT to quantify the expressed interests of students (those which the students specifically identify themselves) in these areas as well as measured interests (based on answers to the Inventory’s questions). The results allow ACT to determine levels of interest in STEM fields as well as to compare the college readiness levels between these subsets of students.

So what did ACT find out in their Condition of STEM 2016 Report? Here are some of the highlights:

  • Students with an interest in STEM continue to show higher levels of college readiness than ACT-tested students as a whole.
  • Approximately half (48%) of ACT-tested U.S. graduates in the class of 2016 have expressed interest in STEM majors and careers. This level of interest has remained steady over the past five years.
  • Under-served learners have a high interest in STEM, but ACT STEM benchmark attainment lags far behind their peers.

Perhaps one of the most concerning stats from this year’s report is that only 1,258 students (less than 1% of the 2.1 million tested) had both an expressed and measured interest in becoming a math or science teacher. The lack of students interested in teaching STEM subjects to younger generations presents an alarming paradox for the future of STEM education in the U.S., and makes initiatives such as the 100Kin10 Network necessary.

Like we said, new years always bring new challenges. But STEM Premier and ACT are at the ready to transform these challenges into opportunities for today’s students and tomorrow’s professionals.

Read ACT’s National Condition of STEM 2016 Report.

STEM Premier Spotlight: Indiana

Quick Facts:

  • STEM Premier Secondary-Level Students: 1,600+
  • Top College Interests: Purdue University, Indiana University, Ball State University, Butler University, University of Notre Dame
  • Top Intended Majors: Computer Science, Pre-Medicine, Biology, Nursing

This week’s STEM Premier spotlight brings us to the Hoosier State, home of the world-famous Indianapolis 500 automobile race. Speaking of automobiles, we were proud to announce in September a fantastic partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) and Vincennes University who are utilizing the STEM Premier platform to recruit for TMMI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program; an education-to-work initiative billed as Indiana’s strongest supportive-manufacturing degree.

Indiana’s STEM Premier’s student base - which includes two hundred National Honor Society members - has a strong presence in the central part of the state. Approximately one-third of student members are located in and around the state’s capital of Indianapolis. However, the remainder of the student base is spread fairly equally; most notably in Ft. Wayne, South Bend, and the southeastern reaches of Chicago where the metropolis has crept across Indiana’s border. The top occupational interests of Indiana’s students include surgeons, mechanical engineers, and registered nurses.

ACT’s 2016 Condition of STEM Report on Indiana finds that the state’s student interest in STEM (52%) exceeds the national average (48%); a trend which is five years running. Of those students interested in the STEM fields, Medical Sciences (42%) and Engineering/Technology (24%) appear to be the most desirable areas.

Learn more about STEM in Indiana by checking out ACT's full report.

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #10 Troy High School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re checking out some of the top schools which made the list. We’re rounding out the top 10 in this week’s spotlight with #10 on the list: Troy High School in Fullerton, CA.

Quick Facts:

  • Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 2720
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

In terms of enrollment, Troy High School is the largest school in the top 10 of the U.S. News and World Report’s best STEM high schools. A comprehensive four-year high school and part of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Troy High is located near California State University-Fullerton, offering unique educational opportunities for Troy’s students.

Troy High’s high ranking in the best STEM schools is due to its Troy Tech Specialized Secondary Magnet Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Troy Tech is a nationally acclaimed magnet program established in 1986 and 61% of Troy High’s students participate.

The program offers an advanced curriculum in technology with career strands focusing on computer science, engineering, cyber defense, media, business, and leadership. Seniors also participate in a senior internship provides a year-long hands-on experience in business, industry, academia, and local, state and national government with students working under professional mentors. Troy Tech boasts a mentor database of over 1,000 professional mentors who work with students one-on-one!

We tip our cap to Troy High School, and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition. Go Warriors!

Learning From The Pros: Taking it Slow

The regular season of the NCAA’s college football FBS division has drawn to a close, meaning that bowl season and the highly anticipated four-team playoff is just around the corner.

It’s no coincidence that the four teams in contention for the national championship - Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington - all are led by coaches with reputations for being excellent recruiters. What most people - even avid fans - may not know is that there is more than one way to run a great recruiting program.

Today, we’re taking a look at University of Washington head coach Chris Petersen’s approach to building a competitive program.

Petersen’s resume speaks for itself. A two-time winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, he compiled an incredible 92-12 record at Boise State University and sent multiple players to the NFL. He took over a middling Washington football program in 2014, and has summarily placed the Huskies in serious national title contention for the first time since 1991.

When it comes to recruiting, Petersen takes a more unorthodox approach.

In an article for USA Today Sports, Petersen mused that "the whole recruiting thing is going down a really bad path. Recruiting's becoming such a bunch of hype and a bunch of stuff that makes it harder on everybody to do an honest, good job and find the best fit for both sides. And that's what it's all about."

Opposed to the flurry of scholarship offers which most programs push out to any prospect who seems promising, Petersen prefers a slower and more methodical approach. It’s even been described as “a snail’s pace.”

The philosophy behind the approach, which Petersen honed at Boise State - where landing top prospects is difficult - is that they don’t want to simply find good players. They want to find players who buy into their message. This means Washington’s coaches don’t just rely on watching highlight tapes. They also get to know their prospects and their personalities.

"It's easy to put the tape on and see a good player,” said Petersen to USA Today, “but the reason we did so well at Boise and had so many of those guys get drafted and be NFL players was because we got the right guys who bought into our message. We were able to develop them. Plus, we liked coaching them, they liked being coached by us."

In today’s professional hiring environment, not enough organizations place emphasis on methodically building a stable pipeline of talented prospects who are not only interested, but are also a good fit for the organization.

STEM Premier’s platform is built around the ability to build personal relationships with users, whether they are potential students, potential scholarship recipients, or potential colleagues. Our messaging system facilitates communication with both individuals and groups, and our ManageOpps™ feature allows organizations to post scholarship offers, events, and other opportunities for talent to become engaged with them.  

Now you know Chris Petersen’s recruiting strategy. What’s yours?

What History Can Teach Us About Job Searches

In the study of history, documents and artifacts which were produced during the period of time being studied are called “primary sources.”

Primary sources are considered crucial evidence for historians in regards to forming conclusions in their research. In fact, they are virtually mandatory. This is because primary sources shed light on exactly how people thought and lived. For example, when examining an 18th-century explorer’s journal, we know it’s not a matter of opinion where the explorer traveled, because he tells us himself. In short, primary sources eliminate guesswork and provide a clear picture of something that may have happened hundreds - or even thousands - of years ago.

When it comes to standing out in the crowd of aspiring professionals, too few job applicants - and employers as well - fail to recognize the benefit of utilizing “primary sources” as they dive headlong into the hiring process.  

Published articles, art portfolios, dance recital footage, websites created. All of these are potential primary sources which accurately document a job applicant’s talent and proficiency. As a student or job seeker, if you are not showing off your work, you may not be putting your best foot forward. As an employer or educational institution, if you are not reviewing - or even asking for - past work, you may not be ultimately choosing the best applicants for your organization.

But isn’t that what resumes are for?

Not anymore.  

Resumes are an excellent way of summarizing education, qualifications, and professional experience in an easily digestible format. But resumes will always be a matter of an applicant’s opinion of themselves. To borrow another term from historical research, they are “secondary sources.” It’s easy to embellish and exaggerate your qualifications on a resume. It’s much harder to do on camera or on a canvas.

Times have changed. The digital age and high-speed internet allows for the quick uploading of digital files which can then be easily disseminated, downloaded, and viewed. Those who are not taking advantage of this technology are failing to examine the primary sources. Remember, primary sources are mandatory for historians. Why shouldn’t they be for educational institutions and employers?

STEM Premier’s “Student Files” feature allows students to upload a wide variety of digital files to their profile. From PowerPoint presentations to PDFs, users can choose the documents and work which best shows off their talents. They can even choose files directly from their Dropbox or Google Drive accounts.

Talents and skills which are best captured as video can be uploaded with the “Videos” feature located near the top of every STEM Premier student’s profile.

Let’s keep revolutionizing the way we find talent. The world is too big for just resumes.

Looking Closer: Student Interest in Social Services

In recent posts, we shed some light on some of the career interests of STEM Premier student members. Now we’re delving deeper into select industries to see exactly what careers students have on their radar. Today, we’re looking at the area of community and social services.

Designed to serve individuals in their educational, family, and healthcare environments, community and social services is a career area projected to grow 10 percent by 2024 and adding about 257,700 jobs, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This projected growth is faster than the average for all occupations. Most new positions in this occupational group will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry due to the country’s aging population. Similar job growth is occurring in the healthcare and healthcare support fields.

Millennials and their younger generational peers seemingly place more professional value on service and social responsibility, which is good news for educational institutions and organizations seeking talent in this field. To get a better idea of how STEM Premier can help tap into this talent, you can see a few samples below of specific social service careers that STEM Premier students are interested in:

  • Addiction counselors
  • Social workers
  • Health educators
  • Mental health counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists

STEM Premier students are even interested in religious vocations such as priests, rabbis, and ministers.

Is your organization looking for these kinds of students? If so, join STEM Premier today and start connecting.

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #8 International Community School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re checking out some of the top schools which made the list. This week’s spotlight takes us out to the Pacific Northwest for a closer look at #8: International Community School in Kirkland, Washington.

Quick Facts:

  • Grade Levels: 6-12
  • Total Enrollment: 427
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

With a foreign-born student body of nearly 20%, International Community School (ICS) definitely lives up to its name. ICS is a “choice school” in its district, meaning that any student throughout the district can apply for acceptance.

ICS’ mission is to provide a “classical education with global applications.” Particular emphasis is placed on depth of understanding and interconnected learning, with classroom discussion and group projects serving as primary drivers of the educational experience.

The school’s curriculum focuses on six core content areas: international studies, humanities, world languages, the arts, science, and math. Most courses beginning with grade 10 are either honors or advanced placement.

As its name would imply, ICS offers a robust foreign language program. Students are required to take a foreign language as one of their core courses for the entirety of their six-year matriculation. This typically results in strong proficiency by the time students graduate.

The faculty of ICS are the envy of schools across the country. They boast an average of 18 years teaching experience among them, and 90% of them hold advanced degrees. As if that is not impressive enough, 45% are bilingual and 40% have international teaching experience. All faculty are required to participate in continuing learning in specific content areas.

In addition to their #8 Best STEM High School ranking, ICS is a Blue Ribbon School and was ranked the #3 school in Washington by U.S. in 2015.

Congratulations ICS! Go Phoenixes!
    

Learning From The Pros: Building Your Brand

University athletic programs - at all levels -  dedicate significant resources towards getting the best players possible on their team’s rosters. The reason is simple: people are an organization’s most important resource. The more talented the people are, the more successful the organization will be.

When it comes to collegiate athletics, the average fan only sees the end-product of this work; the games, matches, and meets.

But only the coaches and staff along with players and their families are knowledgeable of the entire process which is necessary to achieve that end-product.

The work starts early. It’s a process which spans multiple years, oftentimes beginning before athletes have begun their junior year of high school. In terms of results, it should come as no surprise that the athletic programs which work the hardest and longest on the recruiting trail are the same ones who tend to field the most competitive teams.

Where does it all begin?

There are an estimated 8 million high school athletes in the U.S., and only 480,000 of them will compete at the collegiate level. Even less than that will earn an athletic scholarship. So how do coaches wade through the nationwide ocean of athletes to find the dozen or so they want to recruit?

Interestingly enough, it is often the athlete who first reaches out to the university. There are strict rules about when and how often coaches can contact athletes, but none exist for when athletes initiate the contact. The most common practice is for an athlete or their coach to send game film for the university to evaluate. Sort of like how an interested job candidate would send a business their resume. 

That’s why having a strong brand and open channels of communication are critical for any strong program. Teams who don’t have a strong presence and reputation will find a distinct lack of interest in their programs. And programs which do not have reliable methods of receiving communication from athletes interested in their programs will soon find those athletes moving onto other programs who will pay them more attention. 

Similarly, by neglecting these concepts, educational institutions and businesses may be missing out on interested talent. STEM Premier solves this problem. By joining STEM Premier, these organizations ensure themselves of an online presence which students can find and feel comfortable approaching. Our platform also allows organizations to tailor their presence with video, information, links, and more so as to maximize their efforts via a comprehensive profile. They can also message talent directly to establish a connection and build a relationship with students who fit their needs in higher education and the workforce.   

Not every organization can be as dominant as the University of Alabama is on the gridiron, but STEM Premier will help them tap into a new source of hidden talent and level the playing field. 

STEM Premier Spotlight: Louisiana

Quick Facts:

  • STEM Premier Secondary-Level Students: 2,000+
  • Top College Interests: Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech University, Tulane University
  • Top Intended Majors: Pre-Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Biology

We’re headed down to the bayou for this month’s STEM Premier Spotlight on the state of Louisiana. As a major oil and gas producer, it should be no surprise to see chemical engineering top the list of intended majors of STEM Premier student members in Louisiana.

Although a large proportion reside in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans, STEM Premier student members are distributed fairly evenly across the state. Shreveport and Ruston in the north as well as Lake Charles and Lafayette in the south boast a fair share as well. Alexandria - located centrally - is not far behind.

In addition to chemical engineering, the top career interests of Louisiana’s students include mechanical engineering, nursing, and pediatriatrics.

ACT’s 2015 Condition of STEM Report on Louisiana highlights some interesting trends for the Pelican State. Although student interest in STEM has outpaced the national average since 2011, it has also seen a steady drop from 55% to 51% in 2015. The highest levels of STEM interest are in the engineering (28%) and medical (47%) fields, both of which exceed the national average for those areas (25% and 42%, respectively).

Learn more about STEM in Louisiana by checking out ACT's full report.

Learning From The Pros: What Collegiate Athletics Can Teach Us About Recruiting

Ask any collegiate athletics coach how important recruiting is to their team’s success. Without hesitation, you’ll hear words such as...

“Pivotal.”

“Vital.”

“Mandatory.”

Athletic talent is a scarce resource. There is only so much to go around. If you don’t work hard to attract your share of that talent, rest assured that somebody else will. It’s what economists term a zero-sum game.

Just how important is it to success? When five-time national championship football coach Nick Saban was hired at the University of Alabama in 2007, he asked Mal Moore, Alabama’s Athletic Director, if he thought he had hired the best coach in the country.

“Of course I do,” Moore replied.

“Well, you didn’t,” Saban corrected him. “I’m nothing without my players. But you did just hire a helluva recruiter.”

Why should things be any different for your institution or business? We often hear about how people are the most important resource in any organization. Alas, all too often we only pay lip service to that concept; We’re content to hire or accept those individuals who happen to stroll through our doors exhibiting even mild interest. The taxing nature of a comprehensive recruiting strategy stretches staff resources thin, even at larger organizations who can afford full-time recruiters.

That’s where STEM Premier can help.

In this series of blogs, we’ll be delving into the world of collegiate athletic recruiting to learn from the best. How do college programs, from powerhouses like Alabama to Division III teams, structure their strategy to evaluate and attract the best talent? And how can STEM Premier help you do the same?

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $900,000 Grant for South Carolina Apprenticeship Programs

There is certainly no such thing as too much good news.

Over the past few months, we’ve been excited to announce new initiatives and partnerships, such as our recent collaboration with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.

This week, we have some more great news to share. The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration has awarded a $900,000 grant to the South Carolina Technical College System for the purposes of increasing and diversifying apprenticeships within the Palmetto State.

The grant, which is part of the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant, is directed towards efforts to increase apprenticeships as a workforce development strategy and post-secondary career path. The grant will also go towards promoting STEM Premier as well as the SC Future Makers program - which is powered by STEM Premier.  

This financial support will go a long way towards increasing awareness of apprenticeship programs as well as help students, schools, and businesses connect with each other to promote these opportunities.

 

Are You Ignoring STEM Recruiting?

It’s no secret that we believe recruiting and building a talent pipeline is vital for any organization. This is especially true for STEM-centric organizations or positions within any organization which require STEM skills. That’s because some estimates project more than 2 million unfilled STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018. This will create an extremely competitive environment as businesses fight over a limited supply of qualified candidates.

But don’t take it from us. TalentCulture - a professional and career resources website - recently questioned how seriously organizations are taking their STEM recruitment efforts and offered three big tips for leaders and human resources directors to consider. STEM Premier can help with all three.

1. Build Relationships with Candidates Before They Are Job Hunting

Job fairs are great, but the real forward-thinking organizations are getting in front of talent long before the job search begins. The ability to communicate with students on STEM Premier, as well as post scholarships and internship opportunities helps organizations establish rapport with prospects.

2. Focus on Diversity

Diversity these days is key. The demographic makeup of your company can have unintended and detrimental consequences when it comes to hiring the best talent. A sharp, young female web designer may be turned off by your office’s heavy male population, for example. Use STEM Premier’s search criteria to locate individuals whose background and demographics give your organization a wide variety of unique perspectives.

3. Create Your Own Talent Pipeline

This is the foundation of what STEM Premier is all about. Our platform allows educational institutions and organizations the ability to tailor a recruitment strategy that makes sense for them, find talent based on their specific needs, and communicate with that talent at any point in the process. If you know what you need, we’ll help you find it.

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #7 Raleigh Charter High School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. This week we’re headed to the Tar Heel State to take a look at #7: Raleigh Charter High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 545
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

The story of Raleigh Charter High School’s establishment is quite unique, and a testament to strong parental investment in their children’s educations.

In the spring of 1998, the parents of 8th graders at Raleigh’s Magellan Charter School wanted their children to pursue the same innovative education into their high school career and to expand the same opportunity to even more area students. These parents organized with businesses, educational professionals, and college professors to establish RCHS and its affiliated non-profit.

On RCHS’s website, they describe the three key elements of their educational philosophy to be:

  1. A small community of learners allowing teachers to focus on teaching
  2. Very actively involved parents
  3. Hands-on, experiential learning

This seems to be a successful combination as - in addition to its #7 ranking among the best STEM high schools in the country - Raleigh Charter High School has been ranked as the #2 high school in North Carolina and the #37 best high school nationally by U.S. News.

 

Looking Closer: Student Interest in Healthcare Support

In recent posts, we shed some light on some of the career interests of STEM Premier student members. Now we’re delving deeper into select industries to see exactly what jobs students have on their radar. Today, we’re looking at the healthcare support occupational area. 

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to reach retirement age, the population of the U.S. continues to age. in 1970, the median age of U.S. citizens was 27 years old. By 2015, that figure had leaped to nearly 38 years old. As a result, the demand for healthcare jobs is projected to rise dramatically in order to keep healthy our older citizenry. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the healthcare industry is expected to grow nearly twenty percent between 2014 and 2024, and add nearly 2.5 million new jobs. This projected growth is faster than any other occupational area.

Needless to say, ensuring this demand for workers is met will be a challenge for hospitals, nursing facilities, and dental offices around the country. The good news is that there are STEM Premier student members who are ready to fill this gap. Here are some examples of healthcare support occupations that STEM Premier students are interested in.

  • Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
  • Dental Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Massage Therapists
  • Medical Transcriptionists

We are also proud to be partners with HOSA - Future Health Professionals, whose many members are showcased through our platform. This is yet another way to find the type of talent you're looking for.  

Are you a college or company wanting to connect with upcoming talent in the healthcare fields? Join STEM Premier today.

 

STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship Winner: Lydia Chew

 

Several times a year, we select STEM Premier students to receive the STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship. Every student on STEM Premier is eligible to apply for the scholarship via their dashboard.

The scholarship is simple - answer our posed question the best you can!

The winning response was submitted by Lydia Chew, a high school senior from California!

Lydia is quite an active individual. A National Honor Society member and captain of her cross country team, she is impressive both inside and outside the classroom!

We wanted to do a little Q&A with Lydia to get to know our latest STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship winner a little better. Read more below about her in her own words!

Something you wouldn't know about me is... that I've been wearing glasses since I was less than one year old!

For fun, I like to…. go on long runs, play the piano, and listen to a variety of music.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet… Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I have so much respect for his activism and optimism, which are especially embodied by his campaign against polio and by his efforts to promote economic recovery.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is... Mrs. Kumar, who teaches AP Chemistry at Mission San Jose High School and has been a major catalyst for my success. Mrs. Kumar's knowledge and passion for teaching has led me develop an even more profound appreciation for education and learning.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was... the Starbucks app. I was in New York for a summer college program, and I wanted to reward myself after the final exam by enjoying some natural scenery and a free Frappuccino!

After high school, my next step is... to attend college, where I plan to study Nutrition and Dietetics and to further my interest in Environmental Chemistry.

In ten years, I see myself… as a Registered Dietitian and food advocate, serving people in my community as well as around the world. I especially look forward to helping my parents and elders with their nutrition and well-being, because that'll be the least I can do to thank them for all of their love and hard work.

My greatest dream is... to end hunger and malnutrition in the United States by impelling the federal government to invest in good nutrition (taking an approach similar to that of Environmental Keynesianism).

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is... how the platform isn't just made for the student—it's also made by the student.

Congratulations to you Lydia! We are excited to have students like you be part of the STEM Premier community. We’re sure that you’ll make a difference in the world someday!

STEM Premier Spotlight: Illinois

Quick Facts:

  • STEM Premier Secondary-Level Students: 3,500+
  • Top College Interests: University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University
  • Top Intended Majors: Computer Science, Pre-Medicine, Mechanical Engineering

For this month’s STEM Premier Spotlight, we’re heading to the Midwest for a closer look at the state of Illinois. Home of reputable schools such as Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, the Prairie State’s STEM Premier’s student base includes an impressive 387 National Honor Society members.

Unsurprisingly, Illinois’ largest concentration of STEM Premier students is located in Chicago and its suburbs. Other notable areas of student presence are found in Peoria, Bloomington, and Springfield.

The top occupational interests of Illinois’ students include mechanical engineering, biological science, and computer programming.

ACT’s 2015 Condition of STEM Report on Illinois has shown a slight decrease in STEM interest among the state’s students over the past five years. This decrease seems to be caused by a shift of interest areas. While interest in medical and natural sciences has lessened, the opposite holds true for interest in computer science and mathematics (a 2% increase since 2011), and engineering (a 1% increase). This same trend is reflected in the Top Intended Majors of Illinois’ STEM Premier students.

Learn more about STEM in Illinois by checking out ACT's full report.

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #6 BASIS Tucson North

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. In today’s post, let’s check out #6: BASIS Tucson North in Tucson, Arizona.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 5-12
  • Total Enrollment: 913
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

BASIS Tucson North is the second BASIS school in the top 10 best STEM high schools, joining its counterpart #4 BASIS Scottsdale. Operated by BASIS.ed, this international network of charter schools boasts sixteen institutions in the state of Arizona, where the organization originally found roots in 1998. Since then, BASIS has established locations in Texas as well as Washington D.C.

With a capacity of 1,000 students, BASIS Tucson North is the largest campus in the BASIS network, and like its sister schools, it is structured into lower and upper levels in which grades 5-8 develop organizational skills and core knowledge while grades 9-12 includes an intensive AP-required curriculum.

Not to be outdone by its impressive academic rigor, BASIS Tucson also boasts dozens of extracurricular activities tailored to meet the interests of the school’s diverse student body. Student activities include Chess Club, Dance Team, Mock Trial, and - our personal favorite - Women in STEM.

 

10 Career Interests You May Not Expect on STEM Premier

Last month, we used data from our platform to list 10 Intended Majors You May Not Expect on STEM Premier.

Now we want to take it a step further and delve into the career interests of students on the STEM Premier platform. As part of the profile creation process, students are given the opportunity to choose one or more career interests from a list of hundreds. These career interests are broken into several categories such as Construction, Environmental, and Healthcare Support.

Academic institutions and businesses can then use these interests as part of their search criteria so they can find the types of students who would be interested in what they have to offer.

In the spirit of last month’s post, below are 10 career interests you may not expect on STEM Premier and the number of students interested based on their profile information!

  • Actor
  • Chef
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Public Accountant
  • Fashion Designer
  • Aircraft Pilot
  • Primary/Secondary School Teacher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Budget Analyst

In future blog posts, we’ll take closer looks at specific job categories and the career interests within.