STEM Workforce Council

The Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Council is a group of high tech executives and education leaders that address workforce and education needs of the engineering and high-tech industries in Central Texas.  The STEM Council focuses on:

  • Project-based, K-16 STEM education in Central Texas
  • Connecting classroom learning to industry applications
  • Sharing best practices from industry and education
  • Increasing the number and diversity of students on a  STEM career path

STEM learning is critical to a 21st century education, but there remains a serious mismatch of skills for entering the workforce.  According to data from the Ray Marshall Center’s Student Futures Project, in 2012 only 21 percent of students in Central Texas graduated with an interest in an Engineering, Computer & Information Services, or Natural Sciences & Mathematics post-secondary program.  Further, research suggests that students indicating a preference for a STEM career by the eighth grade are two to three times more likely to earn STEM degrees than their peers. The STEM Council offers a variety of career training programs that blend workforce and education emphases to students across the K-16 spectrum to ensure students are college- and career-ready and with an eye on the goal of increasing the number of students reporting an interest in target-industry programs to 30 percent or more by 2015.

STEM Council Quarterly Meetings provide a forum for reaching a wide audience of industry and education leaders. Meetings typically include networking, information gathering, educational needs assessments, sharing best practices, and presenting new opportunities for industry engagement in STEM education in the region.

The last quarterly meeting was on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Microsoft. 

Click to view previous meeting minutes:

Sep 2014 | June 2014 | Feb 2014 |Dec 2013Sept 2013 | Feb 2013

Feb 2012 | June 2012 | Sept 2012 | Dec 2012
Dec 2011 | Sept 2011 | June 2011 | March 2011