– Students of the great New Orleans region (Louisiana) are still struggling in transitioning from school to their professional career, especially into highly technical jobs whose number is rising fast, a trend expected to continue in the future. In the great New Orleans region, over the next 10 years only, more than 60,000 job openings are foreseen in industries such as biosciences, healthcare, information technology, digital media, energy, advanced manufacturing and international trade.

– Many of the jobs available today and tomorrow in those thriving sectors offer both strong wages and great potential for advancement, but the access to most of them require a high level in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. In order for the students to take advantage of those rich professional opportunities, school leaders and educators (as well as parents at home) need to place more emphasis and efforts on STEM education. As early as possible.



Image: Dekayah Williams, an eighth-grader at KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy (Chris Granger, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)