The mission of the Delaware Valley Science Council is to discover, encourage, and recognize talented youth in the Delaware Valley who have outstanding capabilities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and to be a resource agency available to science teachers, technology organizations, and science students.
Clearly, schools and colleges are not graduating enough STEM majors, resulting in a mismatch between the skills of area graduates and what is needed in key industries.
As of 2018, there were 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs. In all, the median duration of advertising for STEM vacancies is more than twice that of those in other fields.
These include several sectors such as higher education, banking, financial services, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and engineering. In order to be able to supply qualified employment candidates to employers in the region, we need to encourage more students to study math and science in college, and, upon graduation, remain in or return to the Delaware Valley region.