Sacramento State is leading the way in educating young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Center for STEM Excellence is bringing together the broad range of STEM disciplines on campus to:
- Strengthen STEM education and research at Sacramento State
- Graduate more students in STEM areas in order to meet regional workforce needs
- Increase regional capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in STEM areas
- Recruit more diverse students, staff and faculty
America’s economic and cultural prosperity depends on a renewed commitment to education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These disciplines are the backbone of our economy and require a highly educated and tech-savvy workforce.
The Sacramento Region is especially hungry for high-achieving workers for its burgeoning tech, aerospace, bioscience and engineering industries. Employers such as Aerojet, Hewlett Packard, Intel and Genentech depend heavily on the region’s universities for their workforce. With more job openings than college graduates to fill them, schools and universities are stepping up to meet long-term demand.
The STEM Pipeline
In order to create a seamless pipeline for attracting, educating, graduating and employing high-technology workers, the Sacramento region needs a partnership spanning K-12 education, the community college system, universities and area employers. The Center is building a coalition of industry leaders, educators, community and local government agencies who have begun to collaborate to achieve these STEM goals:
- Examine our current and future needs for a high-technology workforce.
- Develop partnerships to fill the gaps in infrastructure, education and research that might impede our region from producing the best STEM pipeline for its workforce.
Sacramento State’s STEM Center has partnered with campus, state and federal research and education programs such as the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program and many others.