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"Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy" Through Innovative Business and Higher Education Partnerships

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy, a book released today in Phoenix, AZ and Washington, DC by STEMconnector®, focuses on the employer-driven partnerships demanded by 21st century STEM education and workforce development. 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.

"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.

"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

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."

"This book provides a roadmap for engagement between higher learning institutions and area employers, enabling both to build a workforce that meets business needs," said Michael Norris, chief operating officer, Sodexo.

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 book.STEMconnector.org.

About STEMconnector®

STEMconnector®, a subsidiary of Diversified Search, 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. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.

About the STEMconnector® STEM Higher Education Council

STEMconnector®'s STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is a leadership forum of public and private colleges intently focused on STEM education and careers. SHEC envisions being the national catalyst for meeting the education and training needs of the global STEM workforce and educating the scientists, technologists, and innovators needed for a vibrant economy.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Books will be available on Amazon.com, at Barnes & Noble, and in bookstores nationwide. In Times Square, Nasdaq highlighted the book for 15 minutes on the 18th and showcased the publication across the nation.

CONTACT: Washington, DC Contacts: Dr. Talmesha Richards (202) 304-1952 Ted Wells (202) 296-5224

Source: STEMConnector