Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Licking County Has Technology Future

It's scary.

According to Battelle's Rich Rosen and a national statistic he cited, more than 80% of parents discourage their children from science and technology careers.

That's a scary stat for companies like Boeing, Bayer, and Battelle. Companies like these need a workforce of engineers and technicians with the sort of skills that come from the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and math. These so-called STEM skills are of vital importance and used every day.

It's everyone's job in this community to make sure this statistic never proves true, or even half true, in Licking County.

The Works and its partners in a STEM education initiative have made it their job to provide a local glimpse for parents and kids into the need for STEM skills and provide our schools and teachers with business-focused STEM resources as well.

There is, indeed, a future for STEM-skilled students to find a career in Central Ohio and stay in Licking County.

We just need to show them the way.


Aerospace Center Industry Day is Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. at The Works.

Engineers and technicians from Boeing, Kaiser, Bionetics, and the Port Authority will be on hand to show how they use science, technology, engineering, and math every day in their jobs at the Aerospace & Technology Center in Heath.

The event is free to the workforce at the Aerospace Center and their families as well as to members of The Works. Join us!

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