State Policy Framework Outlines Path to STEM Opportunities for Underserved Students

Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future released the Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework this week, outlining five key recommendations for how states can improve academic and career pathways for historically underserved students.

Recent research has shown a large number of STEM jobs require less than a Bachelor’s degree. This critical fact of today’s workforce underscores the role that community colleges can play in launching many more individuals to high-paying, quality careers in STEM fields. Such “middle-skill” STEM jobs represent an unprecedented opportunity for the historically underserved students who disproportionately enroll at community colleges.

The framework’s recommendations are based on the STEM Regional Collaboratives, a yearlong multi-state initiative funded by the Trust to identify effective, concrete ways in which state policy can help community colleges build middle-skill STEM career opportunities for students and meet the high demand of local labor markets.

Read the Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework at