According to a recent survey of top executives by staffing firm Adecco, 92% cited a mismatch between the skills needed for current jobs, and the skills applicants have. This kind of shortage is a big problem for many employers. It’s called the “Skills Gap.” There are jobs waiting to be filled, but employers can’t find people with the right skills to do the work.

The "Skills Gap" Means Opportunity

The U.S. manufacturing institute recently identified 600,000 jobs going unfilled due to a skills gap identified by employers. 

And almost one in five employers who are facing talent shortages say this is having a high impact on their organization, according to Manpower Group.

This is a fact around the country, and for employers right here in our region.

What kinds of jobs are out there?

Skilled Production

Demand for skilled workers like CNC machinists, Mechatronics and Maintenance Technicians is at an all time high due to our region's expanding advanced manufacturing sector.

Engineering & IT

Rewarding careers are available right now for people with the right knowledge base in Engineering and Information Technology related fields. 

Science & Design Engineering

Efforts are underway worldwide to increase the number of graduates in STEM-related fields, including fields like computer aided drafting and design.

Innovations in technology help us communicate across the globe with ease through satellites, the Internet and cell phones. Every day they also help us to work better and conduct our daily lives. And yet fewer students are choosing to learn the basics of algebra or calculus, and fewer are digging into the mysteries of physics, biology and chemistry that explain the principles our modern world is built on.

"STEM" knowledge makes you marketable

Efforts are underway all over the country to increase the number of workers in STEM related fields. Our country's leadership in important areas like manufacturing and requires this kind of knowledge. And our local economy depends on it, too. Our region's largest employers need lots of people with STEM-related skillsets.

What is "STEM"?

STEM is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” There are initiatives underway all over the country aimed at securing America’s leadership in science technology, engineering and mathematics fields and identifying promising strategies for strengthening the educational pipeline that leads to STEM careers.

A solid foundation in math and science teaches you the problem-solving and analytical skills that are so valuable to success in any career.

And these are critical skills that students will use daily in their adult lives, whether they’re assessing the terms of a home loan, making healthcare decisions or negotiating the terms of a car lease. Math teaches students how to solve problems creatively and develop critical-thinking skills.

Science is all about studying, finding out, and making sense of the “hows,” “whats” and “whys” of the world we live in.

STEM grows jobs

A strong background in math and science also opens doors to higher paying jobs and greater opportunities over a lifetime.

Jobs requiring STEM skills are expected to grow to 65 percent of the market, while unskilled, low-end wage jobs should shrink to just 15 percent. Estimates indicate that up to 75 percent of the existing workforce will require significant job retraining over the next five years, emphasizing STEM skills. Nationwide, the number of jobs requiring STEM training is growing five times faster than other occupations.

A 2005 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report “Tapping America’s Potential: The Education for Innovation Initiative,” summed up why STEM is so important: “For most of the 20th century, the American education system provided a substantial part of the talent and proficiency needed to sustain and improve our way of life. Today, however, as the U.S. economy becomes even more reliant on workers with greater knowledge and technological expertise, the domestic supply of qualified workers is not keeping up with the skill demands.” 

Machine Tool Technology

CNC programmers write the computer programs that are used by advanced machines to design and fabricate a part. This advanced technology is used by virtually every advanced manufacturing company in the world today.

Mechatronics Technology

Mechatronics combines elements of electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics, IT, computers and robotics. With instruction in Mechatronics, you’ll be prepared for the modern, automated work force.

HVAC Technology

One of the fastest-growing service occupations, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) has seen major changes in recent years as the result of a national emphasis on fuel conservation and environmental concerns.