NEW YORK — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today received a STEM Education Leadership Award. The award, presented by Nasdaq and EverFi, recognizes the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s significant efforts to improve STEM education and career readiness for students across North America. Sixteen institutions were honored with this distinction at a ceremony hosted at the Nasdaq Marketsite in New York City.
Honorees were selected based on a set of criteria including the scale and educational impact of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education initiatives as well as unique employee volunteering activities that supplement their programs.
“The fastest growing jobs in America are in STEM fields, and it’s critical for our economy and America that we have the people with the right skills to fill these jobs,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “The EverFi program is a fantastic way to expose more students to careers in STEM, and we are honored to receive this award as we continue to pursue this important work.”
The U.S. Chamber Foundation is committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully leverage technology in a responsible and safe way, as well as preparing them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. In an effort to advance that mission, the Foundation has partnered with EverFi to bring Achieving Tomorrow STEM Scholars to local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers.
“Our country faces a growing shortage of employees who are skilled in STEM,” said EverFi Founder and CEO Tom Davidson. “The organizations we are recognizing with STEM Education Leadership Awards today are committed to igniting student interest in these critical topics and exposing students to the jobs of the 21st century.”
Administered by teachers in a classroom setting, EverFi’s web-based course offers over 16 modules covering STEM-focused topics ranging from the real-world application of algebra to basic computer science in a secret-agent themed course. Engaging, interactive lessons focus on skill building and highlighting the career possibilities that a STEM education could unlock, uniquely tracking the progress and performance of every student.
After taking the course, students reported more interest in pursuing technology and engineering jobs: 32 percent were more interested in working at a company like Facebook or Twitter, and 20 percent expressed more interest in a job designing buildings or bridges.
Experts from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce estimate that within 20 years, nearly two-thirds of workers will hold jobs that have not yet been created, yet the National Math & Science Initiative reports that only 44 percent of U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math as of 2013, and only 36 percent are ready for college-level science.
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.
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