by Ray Hayes
The National Science Foundation and Boeing are coming together to further diversity within the field of STEM. The two companies announced the partnership just over a few weeks ago which is estimated to be $21 million. Boeing will be investing $11 million into diversifying the fields of STEM and the remaining $10 million will be invested in the design, development and deployment of online educational programs for community colleges, undergraduate and graduate universities and professional levels. Additionally, the funds will also be used to reskill and increase the skill levels of the current STEM workforce.
Heidi Capozzi, Boeing senior vice president of Human Resources, recently spoke about the company’s recent investment. “This investment demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to developing the future workforce and growing the skillset of our current employees. The initiatives will help develop more technical workers and research opportunities for women, especially veterans, seeking to join or return to the STEM workforce.”
The Boeing investment is a plus for the field of STEM and its growth. Back in 2017, Boeing originally pledged to invest $300 million in employees, local communities and infrastructure thanks to the U.S. reform.
Just last year the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators reported that jobs requiring substantial STEM expertise had grown nearly 34 percent over the past decade. Furthermore, employers have indicated that they are unable to fill job positions due to the lack of skilled technical workers. With the help for the NSF and Boeing, the skill gap can slowly be amended with the reskilling workshops and education programs.
As reported by the national NSF website, “To help address the skills gap, NSF, through its “gold star” Merit Review process, will use the funding from Boeing to solicit and review proposals from world class learning institutions and issue awards. Recipient institutions will use that support to develop online curricula in critical skill areas for students and Boeing employees.”