Jan. 20, 2015
“While other barriers to access still exist, President Obama’s proposal for two years of free community college tuition could greatly reduce the skills gap and better prepare students for the in-demand jobs of the global economy. But this will only happen if resources are directed to high-quality technical or associate’s degree programs that meet workforce demands – programs in fields such as manufacturing, automotive technology, information technology and computer science, health care, and engineering.
“Developing students’ interest in these in-demand science and technology careers begins well before community college, however. In order to prepare students to take real advantage of a more accessible post-secondary education, we must ensure that all students in America’s K-12 classrooms today have access to high-quality STEM education at every grade level.”
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.