Wolf Administration Speaks to Students About Importance of STEM Education

Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) executive deputy secretary Neil Weaver spoke to high school students about the importance of STEM education and careers at the PlastiVan STEM Education event in Pittsburgh.

“Governor Tom Wolf has put education – and especially STEM education – at the top of his agenda since he took office in the beginning of 2015,” Weaver said. “And that’s because he realizes that more than anything, it’s young people like you that will determine the future of Pennsylvania.”

PlastiVan is a traveling educational program that teaches students of various ages about science and plastics. The event, sponsored by Braskem, brings hands-on scientific and technical workshops to students to educate them about chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability, and all applications of plastics.

By 2018, Pennsylvania will have approximately 300,000 jobs that require STEM skills or content knowledge, and over the next ten years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills. Pennsylvania has emerged as a national leader in STEM education in training, as evidenced by:

  • Ranking 4th nationally in the number of STEM graduates;
  • 24 percent of degrees from state-owned universities awarded in STEM-H fields;
  • 37 percent increase in the number of STEM-H graduates from public four-year universities since 2009; and
  • Ranking in top 10 states for STEM jobs.

The Wolf Administration also recently launched an Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) to help hardworking Pennsylvanians get the training and experience for in-demand jobs that businesses need to fill. The office is working with existing and new programs to make more apprenticeships available for job seekers and employers.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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