(ROCKVILLE, MD) April 7, 2008 The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) will hold its first National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Summit 2008: The State of STEM on June 5, 2008. The summit, one of the east coast's largest events of its kind, will bring together national and regional experts to network, learn and collaborate about the growing need to develop the world's best STEM initiative. The summit will be held at John Hopkins University Campus in Rockville, Maryland from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
"The goal of the National STEM Summit is to produce more college graduates in STEM areas," said Rick Harris, Executive Director of TCM's Tech Alliance. "In order to meet this crucial goal we must ensure that our high school graduates are ready for the challenges of college. We must also ensure our STEM educators are not only prepared but armed with the tools to succeed."
The National STEM Summit will focus on how legislators on Capitol Hill are addressing the pressing need for STEM education, the increased need for highly trained workers at Federal labs, companies that are developing products and services to meet STEM needs and educators who actively recruit students to meet the pent-up demands for a highly trained workforce. It will also focus on how those attending can get involved and make a difference in their own regions.
With the growth of the technology community, the demand for a highly trained workforce continues to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2014, 1.49 million new computer and IT related jobs will be created. The purpose of the National STEM Summit 2008: The State of Stem is to ensure that a course of action is in place that emphasizes the need for enough highly qualified candidates who will become available to fill these jobs.
To learn more about sponsoring the National STEM Summit, please email Rick Harris or call him at 240-243-4070.
ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.