Employers have been central to the National STEM Consortium project. The project design was based on research that identified employers’ needs and workers’ skills gaps, including both occupational and “soft” skills. Employers participated by identifying required learning outcomes, authoring courses, reviewing course materials for accuracy and completeness, teaching courses as adjunct professors, assisting with job search activities, and ultimately, hiring program completers. As students enrolled in the certificate programs, continued employer involvement ensured that course content continues to meet employer needs.
Employers can continue to be involved by participating in local advisory boards at community colleges that offer the STEM programs.