About the Problem

The U.S. isn’t sufficiently preparing our students for the job opportunities of the present or the future.

Education

About the Policy

Bring together businesses, high schools and community colleges to create 21st century programs of technical education and training that would allow students to earn both a high school and an associate’s degree in computer science and other STEM subjects. Establish federal guidelines for technical education in K-12, college and advanced degrees for career and technical education, with a special focus on skills and expertise required for jobs in STEM fields. Provide incentives such as federal grants and programs in coordination with state funding to ensure programs meeting these guidelines are accessible to students at various levels of education.

Public Support

83% of All Polled
87% of Democrats
83% of Republicans
79% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%

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American high schoolers aren’t competent in math and science, making them uncompetitive in the global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) job market. As STEM jobs make up a larger share of the job market, technical skills become a more valuable asset for young workers and job seekers.

To bridge this gap and effectively equip students with skills for the modern workforce, lawmakers could bring together businesses, high schools and community colleges to create 21st century programs of technical education and training that would allow students to earn both a high school and an associate’s degree in computer science and other STEM subjects.

Congress should establish federal guidelines for technical education in K-12, college and advanced degrees for career and technical education. With a special focus on skills and expertise required for jobs in STEM fields, the programs could provide incentives such as federal grants and programs in coordination with state funding to ensure programs meeting these guidelines are accessible to students at various levels of education.

Modernizing and adapting the K-12 and higher education system to specifically train for STEM jobs will equip students with valuable skills for high paying and fast growing industries and it will provide American businesses with the capable workers they need.