Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania is hosting a S.T.E.M. Summit at Central York High School on Thursday November 7th and Friday November 8th. The entire Freshman class, a total of over 440 students, will be participating in a daylong career exploration conference. Because of the size of the class, half will participate on the 7th and the other half on the 8th.
The summit was the result of a planning session hosted last year by York County Economics Alliance. The challenge was how to get students to see the connection between their high school course work and future career opportunities. Students need to realize the opportunities that are available in our community and the skills they will need in their futures.
Tom Russell, President of JA of South Central PA said “This is a perfect opportunity for JA to get involved. We have great connections to the business community and we know how to create engaging and fun activities. We want it to be a program that will create an impression with the students.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is projected that the majority of high paying jobs in the future will have some STEM components. The key is getting students excited and interested in the course work to prepare them for these jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. The STEM Summit brings a non-traditional approach to career exploration. Students will have hands-on opportunities to conduct science experiments and competitions and to listen to career panelist talk about their career journeys. Tom Russell said, “We have a really diverse group of careers represented. Many of the major employers in our area will be present.”