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STEM Regional Collaboratives: The Opportunity

Lara K. Couturier

Workers with sub-baccalaureate credentials are qualified for half of all STEM jobs, and these jobs’ annual salaries average more than $50,000, according to the Brookings Institution. Thus these “middle-skill” STEM jobs represent an unprecedented opportunity for historically underserved students who disproportionately enroll at community colleges.

Jobs for the Future and Achieving the Dream worked in seven states—a yearlong initiative to launch STEM Regional Collaboratives in three states (Connecticut, Florida, and Ohio) and intensive engaging of four more states to advance middle-skill STEM state policy agendas (Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Virginia)—made possible through generous funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The work profiled in this report was also leveraged into a Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework to help states and community colleges strengthen pipelines into STEM careers that do not require a four-year degree, highlighting concrete state policy levers and strategies.

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