Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will host a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) roundtable discussion on Tuesday, March 25, 10 a.m. at the college’s DeKalb campus.
The roundtable is being presented by the college and the Georgia STEAM Alliance Network. Stakeholders, legislators, and members of the business and education communities will share best practices and strategies for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students at all levels of the STEAM continuum.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor estimates that at least 211,000 Georgia STEM jobs will exist in 2018. Through the roundtable, officials hope to work together to fill that need.
“Understanding the critical importance of this issue, we are pleased the Georgia STEAM Alliance Network has chosen Georgia Piedmont Technical College to host these Roundtable discussions,” said GPTC President Dr. Jabari Simama. “I am encouraged they have chosen to tackle the problem head-on through its innovative upcoming roundtable discussions, which is a series of cross-sector mobilizing stimulations. This is a great step toward insuring our local communities are better prepared for the 21st Century economy.”
Dr. Natoshia Anderson, Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s STEAM Director, said the roundtable discussions are just one example of how, through public, private, and non-profit collaboration, stakeholders can reverse some of the nation’s most challenging education realities.