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November 10, 2015 09:28 ET

Change the Equation Member Companies Pledge 25 Percent Increase in Skills-Based Volunteering by STEM Professionals

Nationwide Coalition of Corporate Leaders Make Announcement at White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - November 10, 2015) - Today, at the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools, Change the Equation announced that 13 of its member companies are committing to a collective 14,000 days of skills-based volunteering in 2016. The significant increase in volunteer hours by STEM professionals will be spread among in-school and out-of-school programs, to inspire and inform young people about the wonders of STEM careers.

The increased corporate commitment comes at a critical moment, as the STEM skills gap continues to present serious challenges for U.S. businesses and the nation's future prosperity.

From a 2015 baseline of nearly 90,000 volunteer hours in STEM, these Change the Equation companies have pledged to support their employees' direct involvement in STEM education for at least 112,500 hours in 2016. That amounts to more than 14,000 days of STEM experiences reaching tens -- and likely hundreds -- of thousands of young people around the nation.

The commitment will play out in many ways: defining pathways to careers in computer science and engineering, providing resources about STEM careers, virtual mentoring, and supporting several programs in STEMworks, Change the Equation's honor roll of STEM learning.

Among the specific corporate pledges for 2016:

  • Dow STEM Ambassadors will reach more than 500 teachers, and by extension tens of thousands of students, in communities where Dow Chemical Company operates by providing resources that foster top-notch chemistry instruction grounded in everyday life.
  • In collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District, Intel will create a computer science and engineering pathway for more than 2,400 students. A team of Intel employees will deploy in Oakland during the summer of 2016 to lead a team of students in Makers activities using Intel technology. The Intel Native American Employee Network will manage a unique computer science and engineering pathway for Navajo high school students attending three Arizona high schools in the Navajo Nation.
  • Lockheed Martin and nonprofit partner Project Lead the Way will pilot a virtual mentoring program with Washington, DC high school students.

The complete list of Change the Equation members who have agreed to increase their skills-based STEM volunteerism is as follows:

  • 3M
  • ArcelorMittal
  • CA Technologies
  • DTCC
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Freeport McMoRan
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Intel
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola Solutions
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • United Launch Alliance
  • Valen Analytics

Members of Change the Equation know that this 21st century economy is a knowledge economy. Even at the height of the recession, there were just over two STEM jobs for every unemployed person with a STEM background. Building bridges to business for students well before they get to college not only expands their literacy in STEM, but those bridges help to lead this next generation of high school students to well-paying and rapidly growing career opportunities.

"Corporate America is determined to do its share to deepen the learning of all K-12 students, especially in the STEM disciplines," noted Linda Rosen CEO of Change the Equation. "Companies can contribute in three ways to deepen learning: via their treasure, their time, and their talent. By increasing the giving of our collective time and talents in 2016, CTEq members believe we can cultivate the inherent talents of our next generation."

The first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools brought together students, educators, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who are reinventing the high school experience to better empower students to seize opportunities in today's economy and expanding access to innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning.

About Change the Equation

Since 2010, Change the Equation has been championing the value of a good start through K-12 STEM education as a means to build and inspire the next generation of America's workforce. The CEO coalition works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs.

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