24 April 2014
US News and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) said they have launched the STEM Index to measure key factors related to STEM jobs and education.
The Index finds that although we are making strides in some areas, the US continues to fall short in preparing students for tomorrow´s innovation workforce. Student aptitude and interest has been mostly flat for more than a decade even as the need for STEM skills continues to grow. The pipeline of talent needed to fill current and future jobs requiring STEM skills is not adequate to meet the demand.
Raytheon joins industry, government and education leaders in the nation´s capital to address this workforce challenge head on. Kicking off “STEM Week” is the US News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, a three-day event focused on addressing the shortage of STEM skills in the American workforce.
Closing out the week is the three-day USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. the largest and only national festival of its kind. Raytheon will be among 750 STEM-focused organizations to exhibit at the festival. Visitors to the exhibit will get a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Raytheon processes the mountain of data that becomes part of every weather forecast in the country. Called the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, this product plays a critical role in the ability of US forecasters to make weather predictions that can save lives and safeguard property. Visitors will also be guided in building and testing rockets with help from the company´s engineers.
Raytheon, with 2013 sales of USD24bn and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Its website is at www.raytheon.com and on Twitter @raytheon.