The continuing development of the Marcellus shale play, plus the expected retirement of skilled oil and gas tradesmen, will drive the need for STEM workers in Southwestern Pennsylvania into the next decade, a study said.
A steady supply of workers with skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is needed to offset predicted shortages in skilled labor in the energy and advanced manufacturing industries, the RAND Corp. study said.
The study was an analysis of the first two years of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative formed in 2014 by Chevron Appalachia, the Allegheny Conference and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
The API's goals are to increase awareness of STEM careers, improve STEM-related education from K-12, and expand workforce development opportunities for people working in STEM fields in 27 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.Read more by clicking here.
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