In a world of increasing complexity, the U.S. Department of Education says success will be driven not just by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know – how to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence and make sense of information. These are the critical skills gained through science, technology, engineering and math. President Obama reiterated the importance of STEM in his 2015 State of the Union address, emphasizing the need for well-educated adults to allow the U.S. to compete on a world stage.
The U.S. Department of Commerce offers a bright outlook, with a projected 17 percent growth in STEM-related jobs by 2018, far faster than average for non-STEM positions. STEM workers also receive higher wages, about 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. The good news is that STEM degree holders receive higher earnings, whether they work in a STEM or non-STEM fields. Workers in STEM occupations also experience lower unemployment rates, on average, than those employed in other fields.
Our STEM programs align with the needs of an ever-growing, highly technological global community. What’s more, they continuously evolve as we identify new programs that focus on the skills the market is demanding. In each case, you’ll experience hands-on applied learning vs. theoretical, led by highly skilled faculty who bring their real-world expertise into the online classroom.