The DREAM STEM Project at North Carolina Central University: Retaining talent

North Carolina Central University | June 11, 2019

Caesar R. Jackson, Professor of Physics explores the DREAM STEM Project at North Carolina Central University, which includes retaining science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent in the U.S.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics educated graduates often become substantive contributors to the economic vitality of the nation and reap higher economic benefits during their careers, yet there are persistent challenges in producing and retaining STEM talent in the United States to meet the future science and engineering workforce demands. As the U.S. population shifts toward an increasingly multiracial society, the current racial/ethnic gap in science degree production from institutions of higher education forecasts a severe shortage of diverse scientific workers. Although about 28% of all U.S. college students select a STEM major, more than half switch to a non-STEM field or leave postsecondary education without earning any credentials. This departure rate is even higher for individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM, including African Americans.

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SIS | March 29, 2022

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CONSTRUCTION

BuildOps Delivers Advanced End-to-End Service and Project Management Solution for Joint Sage Intacct Customers

BuildOps | May 04, 2022

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MATERIALS

Holcim to Acquire Malarkey Roofing Products

Holcim | December 27, 2021

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ENGINEERING TECH

HCL Technologies Expands Reach in Canada with New Engineering and R&D Center

HCL Technologies | January 28, 2022

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