NAPE and its Education Foundation believes that if women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities were prepared to work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers in proportion to their current workforce engagement, high-tech labor demands by business could be met, U.S. global competitiveness would improve, global challenges could be better addressed, and women’s economic power would increase leading to stronger families and communities.
The NAPE Education Foundation has developed several programs and projects to improve opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM courses of study and careers. Specifically, its STEM Equity Pipeline™ focuses on STEM, including STEM-related career and technology education (CTE), through:
- Program Improvement Process for Equity in STEM (PIPE-STEM™): Promoting institutional change program that improves enrollment, retention, and completion of students in STEM.
- Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™: Training teachers to use pedagogy to improve enrollment, retention, and completion of STEM students.
- Focus on Counselor’s Initiative: Coaching counselors to encourage girls and underrepresented populations in STEM careers.
- STEM Equity Tools and Resources: Providing tools to support the three programs including webinars, research-based materials, and effective practices resources.
NAPE has developed a handout that lists STEM-related career clusters with associated pathways.
In 2014, NAPE’s STEM Equity Pipeline professional development programs were included in Change the Equation’s STEMWorks, the source for high-quality STEM education programs.
On September 26, 2011, the White House and the National Science Foundation recognized NAPE for its STEM Equity Pipeline initiative, which is “adding momentum to a nationwide shift that promises to strengthen the US economy and job security even as it strengthens families across the country.”