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Unformatted text preview: al Science Foundation (NSF), scientific innovation has produced roughly half of all U.S. economic growth in
the last fifty years and the STEM disciplines, including those who work in them, are critical engines to that innovation and growth--one recent
estimate, while only five percent of the U.S. workforce is employed in STEM fields, the STEM workforce accounts for more than fifty percent of
the nation’s sustained growth (Babco 2004). The National Academy of Sciences study, Rising Above the Gathering Storm (2006), argues that:
Absent a serious and rapid response, the U.S. will lose quality jobs to other nations; lowering our standard of living, reducing tax revenues, and
weakening the domestic market for goods and services. Once this cycle accelerates, it will be difficult to regain lost pre-eminence in technologydriven innovation and its economic benefits.23 In Thrive: The Skills Imperative, the Council on Competitiveness states that: Looking ahead, skills
for sustainability could become a key compe...
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