Educational Technology

January 8, 2012

STEM education proliferating in Maine

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:41 am

by Christopher Cousins, Bangor Maine Daily

The shortage of experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is very real in Maine as it is across the United States, a fact which has led to calls for action everywhere from the White House to the Maine governor’s mansion. This has led to the proliferation of so-called STEM programs in Maine and across the country. Anita Bernhardt, a science and technology specialist for the Maine Department of Education, said the average age of an engineer in the United States is 47. In Maine, she predicts job openings in technology and engineering careers will increase by nearly 50 percent by 2018 because of retirements in those fields and new jobs created. According to figures from the Department of Labor, which indicate there are some 20,000 STEM-related jobs in Maine, that could mean there will be an additional 10,000 jobs in the future.

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