Although unemployment rate in United States stands high at 5.5% as of May, 2015, (Bureau of Labor Statistics) majority of jobs still remain unoccupied. This can be attributed to lack of individuals with the required skill set to function effectively in these specialized jobs. Most of these unoccupied jobs share the same similarity since they are mainly in the area Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Professor Uche Abanulo of Montgomery College, Maryland, United State and founder of the Stem Afterschool Academy was at the Nahum Heritage Foundation STEM Career Summit to educate teens on the need for STEM education. She emphasized that teens and youths should embrace STEM at an early stage in life to gain the necessary foundation required to prosper in the field. She added that STEM education will not only empower them with the skills needed to land gainful employments but could also serve as another avenue for job creation through inventions. Professor Abanulo encouraged more girls to sign up for STEM classes as the field seems to be dominated by boys. Nahum Heritage Foundation is working with various organization to see how STEM education can be made more interesting for participants by incorporating it with fashion, art and other interesting activities for teens and youths.