YTexas unveils educational program to connect students to STEM jobs

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — YTexas unveiled an educational pilot program at a summit on Tuesday that they say will produce enough qualified graduates to fill positions in high-demand jobs.

The educational program will consist of an online portal where teachers can connect to industry experts, students can match their interests and skills to career-preparation opportunities, and businesses can look for future employees. The portal is the first of its kind and focuses exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math jobs within Texas. The program will include 5,000 students, 18 schools, 80 teachers and 150 employers. The program is funded by SureScore and Nepris, both Texas companies.

Texas Workforce Commission chairman Andres Alcantar spoke at the event. Dan Ehring, a business consultant and investor, and Nathan Green, the founder of Austin Youth Chamber and Campus2Careers also spoke to the crowd at the luncheon.

YTexas, is a group comprised of CEOs from across the state who hope to promote a business culture in Texas to attract more businesses to Texas. Their name derives from their practice of telling their “why” Texas stories – that is, why they chose Texas to do business.

YTexas donated 10 percent of the event’s proceeds and all of the donations to the local nonprofit E3 Alliance, which created the STEM Pipeline Collaborative: a program that includes expanded course offerings, robotics competitions and professional development for teachers in Texas. This collaborative tripled the number of students participating in high school engineering courses in four high schools.

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