Employment in science, technology, engineering, and math occupations has grown – outpacing overall job growth across the nation. However, the growth of diversity in STEM has not kept up with that same pace. Since 1990, STEM employment has grown from 9.7 million jobs to 17.3 million jobs. That being said, African Americans and LatinX/Hispanics are underrepresented in the STEM field, in comparison to their population in the United States workforce. The true challenge with this is that STEM touches on a widespread of industries such as healthcare, education, criminal justice, business, automotive, and many more. However, the voices of those impacted by the variety of industries are not at the table helping to build the STEM products that will impact their communities.
Graduation is the most important time in a student's life. However, when it comes to the young scholars of the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WAIE) there are 3 extraordinary things students do after graduating from WAIE. Traditionally, in high school, students spend 12 years in school until they become a senior and graduate. At WAIE, we ask students to start with us during their 7th year of school and continue until they reach their 14th year of education.