October 2013: STEM Month

WHEREAS, remarkable student success depends on dedicated public/private partnerships dedicated to working together to build statewide student proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to build a more prosperous future for Michigan; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan STEM Partnership is a statewide collaboration of committed leaders from PK-20 education, business and industry, philanthropy, economic development, government, military, and other organizations dedicated to elevating STEM literacy and proficiencies in a way that increases Michigan’s economic strength to retain and attract businesses and jobs; and

WHEREAS, STEM competency builds globally competitive school systems and a statewide environment that values lifelong learners, who, in turn, will set the standard for achievement and innovation; and

WHEREAS, 20% of all careers require a “high level of understanding” in at least one STEM area; and

WHEREAS, the US Department of Commerce estimates STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations over the period from 2008 – 2018; and

WHEREAS, Michigan anticipates a shortage of 274,000 STEM professionals by 2018; and

WHEREAS, women receive 60 percent of all post high school degrees but only 28 percent of STEM degrees; and  

WHEREAS, African-Americans and Latinos each comprise 13% of the total workforce and only 3% of the technical workforce; and

WHEREAS, African-Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics between 18 and 24 account for 34% of the total U.S. population but earn only 12% of all undergraduate degrees in engineering; and

WHEREAS, Michigan and the nation must expand the capacity and diversity of the STEM workforce pipeline to prepare students for the jobs of the future, keeping Michigan and the United States competitive, secure, and innovative;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as STEM Awareness Month in Michigan.