Technology touches many aspects of our everyday life, from communication methods to building and manufacturing to medicine and more. Because of technology’s relevance and continued advancement, the pressing need to produce more high school graduates with advanced technology skills cannot be overstated.
In the past several years, national initiatives and jobs reports have outlined the necessity for more STEM education. K-State’s College of Education is a partner in the 100Kin10 network, which was created in 2011 after President Barack Obama issued a call to add 100,000 STEM teachers across the country over the next 10 years. The group is comprised of more than 280 academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies and government agencies in the United States that have committed to help lead the charge.
Most recently, the Trump administration echoed this urgency by directing the Education Department in September to invest a minimum of $200 million annually in grant funding to further develop STEM and computer science education.
The state of Kansas added technology education to its list of approved teaching endorsements a few years ago as a pathway to achieving the state’s STEM education needs.