Educational Technology

December 13, 2013

Mentors aid STEM push

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:38 am

By Susan Parrish, Columbian

The demand for highly trained workers in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — has created a need for advanced STEM training in high school classrooms. But finding highly qualified teachers with real-world STEM experience is challenging. One key reason is that STEM salaries are considerably higher than teacher salaries. In Clark County high school classrooms, engineers and other STEM professionals are meeting the demand by volunteering in advanced STEM classes. Leading the charge to connect STEM volunteers with classroom teachers is nConnect, the educational nonprofit founded by Scott Keeney, cofounder and president of nLight, a Vancouver semiconductor laser manufacturer.

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