Advancing a Jobs Driven Economy - A Call to Action

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Morgan James Publishing's ( new release Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy: Higher Education and Business Partnerships Lead the Way by STEMconnector® focuses on the employer-driven partnerships demanded by 21st century STEM education and workforce development.

Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy is a compelling guide to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational and human capital requirements of our increasingly innovation-driven economy. Amidst the total disruption in higher education, sixty-two education, business and non-profit thought leaders share proven models that support the necessary STEM education and workforce development revolution with a call to action in this important and timely book.

Call to Action

"Our call to action is to everyone concerned about our ability to create and sustain career opportunities and develop relevant job skills for millions of students to meet employer needs, and the time to act is now," stated Rob Denson, chair of STEMconnector®'s Higher Education Council and president of Des Moines Area Community College.

"As an industry partner of the STEM Higher Education Council, Sodexo welcomed the chance to contribute to Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy. We share a responsibility in preparing students for the 9 million STEM-related occupations that will be created between now and 2022 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics," said Michael Norris, chief operating officer, Sodexo. "This book provides a roadmap for engagement between higher learning institutions and area employers, enabling both to build a workforce that meets business needs."

"Closing the large and growing skills gap in the US will provide Americans with innumerable job opportunities, and employers with the talent they so desperately need to have sustained success," said Gregory W. Cappelli, chief executive officer, Apollo Education Group

Leadership Required

"Businesses know what they need in order to be competitive," said John R. McKernan, president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. "The only way to ensure that we have the workforce to enhance America's long-term competitiveness is to have partnerships and collaborations between business and our educational institutions. What is needed now is bold leadership and transformational change."

Collaboration is Critical

Complementing Advancing a Jobs–Driven Economy, the Virtual Community of Practice provides an online platform, allowing our network to continue advancing the dialogues, programs, policies, and partnerships that are critical to an effective STEM education–to–employment system that is emerging in real time. Share your effective STEM Higher Education– Industry partnerships with us at

"Let us close the achievement gap and work with business and government to help create pipeline programs from high school through graduate school," emphasized Dr. Martha Kanter, Former Under Secretary of Education.

Dr. Freeman Hrabowksi, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County underscored the importance of cross-sector collaboration stating," We need the collaboration. And the stronger the collaboration, the stronger our society and economy will be."

"Advancing A Jobs-Driven Economy provides the framework to build new relationships with businesses, governments, and foundations to find opportunities for collaboration in building the next generation of STEM professionals," said Dr. Mitzi Montoya, vice president and university dean of entrepreneurship and innovation at Arizona State University.

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About STEMconnector®

STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link "all things STEM." STEMconnector®'s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Their work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.

More About This Title:

Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy: Higher Education and Business Partnerships Lead the Way by STEMconnector® will be released by Morgan James Publishing on March 17, 2015. Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy ISBN 978-1630475420 —has 322 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $18.95.

About Morgan James Publishing:

Morgan James Publishing provides entrepreneurs with the vital information, inspiration, and guidance they need to be successful. Morgan James Publishing, The Entrepreneurial Publisher™, has been recognized by Publisher's Weekly, for three years, on their fast growing press list and is reported as being the future of publishing.

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