Reading, Writing and Arithmetic … always has been and always will be at the foundation of learning. In the 21st Century we must also be S.T.E.M. Scholars. If we are not, our probability of success in our daily lives and the job market will also present diminishing returns at an exponential level. During Target Day #6 (Focus On Engineering) Eastview’s 9th and 10th graders had the opportunity to engage with Mr. Russ Matthys (Civil Engineer) City Engineer with the City of Eagan though our lecture series process. Target Day #7, through the academic lecture series will expose students to focused medical and allied health opportunities
Select this link for Eastview STEM Scholar Certificate Programming and Scholarship Options : STEM Honors College Prep, STEM 4 Year College Prep, STEM Pathways to Engineering & Medical Careers. Our multi-dimensional STEM program includes a powerful comprehensive academic core, with a four-year engineering sequence which culminates with the College Prep Engineering experience.
Eastview Top Scholars
At Eastview, many of our top STEM Scholars are also our finest musicians, writers, actors and artists. The deep comprehensive engagement in the humanities, the arts as well as STEM, develops a student who is well prepared for the 21st Century. In addition, the importance of the 21st Century skills which are prominent in our creative right brained thinkers, is well established in academic and workforce readiness research. Daniel Pink’s 2006 book, “A Whole New Mind”, and his 2011 book, “Drive”, communicates the power of collaboration, innovation, problem-solving, creativity, leadership, teamwork and critical thinking; these ancillary academic skills though prominent work place skills, are developed significantly through the academic process at Eastview High School.
Academic return on educational investment
* 63% of those with only an associate’s degrees in STEM earn more that those with a bachelor’s degree in non-STEM occupations.
* 47% of those with bachelor’s degrees in STEM occupations earn more than Ph.D.s in non-STEM occupations.
~Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2011
As educators and parents we cannot accept the common adage, “I’m just not a math… an analytical… or a science person.” No, there is not an expectation that ALL students will be engineers, chemists, physicists or physicians, though to thrive and succeed as an individual and as a society, analytical adept citizens are essential for our personal productivity and the success of our nation.
Employment in science, technology, math, and engineering will increase about 70% faster than the rate for all occupations. At a time when unemployment hovers near 9% in the United States, one million new jobs will open in science, technology, engineering, math, medical and allied health. Only 200,000 new graduates will have the skills to fill them. ~U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010
Final Target Days: April 24th (#7) and May 30th (#8)
IN THE OUR CURRENT ECONOMY AND WORLD OF WORK… What we should be concerned about, in the words of Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, is the “misalignment between our education system and the labor market.” The latter, he notes, “is demanding much more specific preparation” than students get.
One word: Engineering. While petroleum engineers can start above $90,000, in other fields beginning pay is in the $50,000-$70,000 range.
“The plain truth is that ALL of our children have the aptitude, to pursue an engineering or related degree’s in study math and science. End of discussion. Those majors can yield starting salaries of $50,000 and above. Accountants, actuaries, software developers, pharmacists, and nurses are also in high demand and highly compensated.”