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Wanted: A STEM Workforce

Mercury Spring 2010 Table of Contents

students working at computers

Credit: Capitol College.

by Michael G. Gibbs

As a cause-based organization, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) strives to improve science literacy through the enjoyment of astronomy within the United States and internationally. This mission is implemented by working in partnership with the intermediate communicators who interact and educate both children and the public. This important mission is shared with other organizations that also seek to increase the knowledge of our nation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

While the ASP works with numerous organizations that share in its mission, there are still others who continue the pipeline of developing and educating our nation’s future STEM workforce and leaders. One such organization is Capitol College.

Recently, Capitol College established the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The Center provides hands-on educational and workforce development experiences for K–12, community college, and college students (and those who support them) in achieving leadership careers in STEM fields.

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