AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Businesses and colleges are working with school districts to ensure that students are ready to take on the science and engineering jobs of tomorrow.
Camille Clay, Director of College and Career Transitions at Leader ISD, and Carol Fletcher, Assistant Director of the Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, joined us in the studio to discuss the state laws surrounding readying students for future jobs.
According to Clay only 422 Central Texas High School graduates have a bachelors degree in a science, technology, engineering or math field, also known as STEM. Clay said this is a problem because there are 2,815 STEM jobs that are currently open.
Fletcher said that students who drop math from their schedule after taking Algebra II in high school only have an eight percent chance of getting a STEM degree. This is compared to the 22 percent of pre-calculus students who end up graduating college with a STEM degree.
There are things that parents can do to help students get on track for a STEM degree, according to Clay. Parents can start by talking to their child’s school counselor about their graduation plans as early as seventh grade. They can also attend school functions that provide information about college and career planning.