MTAM is partnering with Michigan STEM Partnership and Inforum on an initiative to collect and share videos from STEM professionals to enable student awareness of, and encourage student participation in, STEM career opportunities
DETROIT, MI – As part of the recently launched ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is requesting its’ members and statewide audience contribute videos to the initiative about their connected technologies-related careers.
Targeting those working in all STEM fields, the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’, will feature self-produced smartphone videos from STEM professionals across all industries throughout Michigan. These STEM professionals will be providing videos, typically 3 – 5 minutes in length, that will discuss the work they do, the type of education required, what they love about their job, and the “opportunity” from their perspective (ie: why students should pursue that career). These videos will then be hosted on the Michigan STEM Partnership website (at MISTEMPartnership.com/VideoShowcase), and in the case of the connected tech-related videos, also on the MTAM website (GoMobileMichigan.org) for review and use by students, parents and educators. The videos will also be shared in social media and public presentations by representatives of the involved partner organizations.
Goals for the initiative include:
- Increasing student awareness of the wide variety of STEM-related careers, requirements to work in those careers, and the opportunity those careers provide for exciting, challenging and lucrative careers
- Increasing parent awareness of the same in order to enable parents to see the value in supporting their children to go into STEM-related careers – particularly females and minorities who are currently severely under-represented in many STEM fields
- Providing educators with a tool they can use as a part of their curriculum
- Providing Michigan businesses an opportunity to showcase their firms and their employees as a potential recruitment tool
- Providing STEM employees across every industry in Michigan an opportunity to showcase their expertise
Those working in connected technologies-related fields are aware of the high-demand for these skills and the severe shortage of available talent. U.S. Department of Labor and analyst studies have indicated that by 2020 the U.S. will be faced with a shortage of 1.4 million persons in connected tech-related fields; here in Michigan our share of that shortage is expected to exceed 100,000 persons.
MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “We’re at a critical juncture in Michigan; in less than 3 years we need 100,000 people that we won’t have unless we do something drastic. We already have about 15,000 connected tech-related jobs in the state going unfilled. If we don’t find a way to solve this problem by getting our students, and those seeking second or alternative careers, interested in filling these jobs, then the jobs will go elsewhere, companies will leave and Michigan and its economy will be left behind. What likely isn’t well-known is that these jobs are very well paid. A study by MTAM and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation indicated that the average compensation for someone working in a connected tech-related position is about $89,000 per year, much higher than the average wage in the state!”
Daichendt further indicates, “We hope that those currently working in connected tech-related fields will be excited to share their enthusiasm about the work they do, and the companies they work for, by providing videos that we can share all around the state. We believe this can have significant impact on increasing participation in these fields in Michigan.”
Videos for the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’ are currently being accepted. Those interested in participating can obtain details at http://MiSTEMPartnership.com/VideoShowcase.
About the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
Based in Detroit and serving all of Michigan, MTAM is a non-profit trade association for connected technologies in Michigan, the firms who provide them, and the firms – in all industries – who use them. The organization’s mission is facilitating collaboration between varied sectors of the connected tech eco-system and other non-tech industries in order to drive innovation and opportunities involving these technologies; to increase the use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; to diversify Michigan’s economy thru the growth of connected technologies-enabled innovation in industries that otherwise would remain stagnant; to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy; and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies. Information about MTAM can be found at www.GoMobileMichigan.org.
About the Michigan STEM Partnership
The Michigan STEM Partnership, a 501c3 non-profit, promotes the impact of STEM careers on economic development across the State of Michigan, and strives to influence the career decisions of students as they prepare for their future. The Mission is to provide statewide connections and communications between employers, educators, students and parents, community and professional organizations, and policy-makers, providing strategic support for the development of resources and programs that provide for the effectiveness and sustainability of STEM education and talent development. Information about the Partnership can be found at MISTEMPartnership.com.
Inforum combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Information about Inforum can be found at InforumMichigan.org.