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December 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Report: Just 9 of 100 kids born in Washington will get a STEM job here

A new report from Washington STEM estimates that just nine out of every 100 children born in this state will end up employed in a science- or technology-related field here. That figure is far too low, it says, to fill the 50,000 STEM jobs expected to go unfilled in Washington by 2017.

The report, “Opportunity for all: Investing in Washington State’s STEM Education Pipeline,” was prepared by a consulting group and released at Washington STEM’s annual STEM Summit, held today on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Scheduled speakers include Gov. Jay Inslee and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who visited two Kent schools on Monday to encourage students to pursue careers in tech-related fields.

Access to courses in STEM fields, an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and math, has been a focus for Education Lab this week. On Monday, a front-page story from higher education reporter Katherine Long detailed how the University of Washington and other colleges are giving students from low-performing high schools a “redshirt” year to catch up with their better-prepared peers.

Today at noon, we’re hosting a Google+ Hangout to discuss how universities are bringing more balance to engineering programs, which are typically dominated by white and Asian men from economically secure families.

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