There’s truth in the saying, “what gets measured, gets done.” Without clear data, it is almost impossible to identify impact and to understand where gaps continue to exist, preventing access to equitable opportunities in our community. We know that by 2030, 70% of Washington state’s jobs will require some form of postsecondary credential and 67% of those will require STEM skills. We want to be sure these pathways are accessible by students in our region so your business can thrive.
To champion this important work at a local level, GSI houses the Spokane STEM Network which works in partnership with Washington STEM (WA STEM) and ten other STEM Networks to champion equitable access to STEM for students of all ages across Washington. Every year, WA STEM publishes regional STEM by the Numbers reports that present localized data indicating how each region is on track to attain high-demand credentials – all forms of postsecondary education and training such as registered apprenticeships, 1-year certificates, 2- and 4-year degrees – to reach 70%.
But why does this matter to your business? Without connecting the entire system of learning that an individual experiences before becoming a hirable candidate, potential talent is lost in unintentionally formed gaps and inequities. Right now, only 40% of the 2019 high school cohort is projected to be on track to attain postsecondary credentials and it will take a village to increase projections for following classes.
A few important highlights in this year’s 2020-2021 Eastern Region STEM by the Numbers report:
With this data at hand, we challenge each of us to think through investments, priorities and advancement in a data-driven way to support progress for all students across the Eastern Region. If you have further questions on this report or the work at hand, please reach out to Cassidy Peterson, the Director of the Spokane STEM Network and GSI’s Director of Education and Talent.