Washington, DC, Feb. 07, 2018 — The Aspen Institute and the Siemens Foundation today announced the eight-winning community college STEM programs of the first Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award, in recognition of the outstanding preparation and education those programs provide students seeking careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
There are more than five million jobs in STEM fields that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. These jobs pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually. Yet, employers throughout the country are experiencing and projecting significant shortages of qualified workers in many STEM fields.
To respond, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation have partnered to create the Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award to elevate excellent middle-skill STEM programs at community colleges, the jobs these programs lead to, and the value they confer on students, their families, and their communities.