It is critical that education – in particular science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – keep pace with these changes so that new generations of talent are prepared to seamlessly take their place in the industry. Today, we are concerned about the talent gap – both in the number of students and student proficiency – that exists in STEM-related fields. This gap is the result of too few students, both at the K-12 grade and college levels, interested in pursuing STEM-related degrees, as well as a relatively high dropout rate for those who do choose a STEM path. We also are concerned about how well training programs adequately prepare students to successfully fill entry-level engineering positions today.
Given the strategic importance of STEM education to the long-term sustainability of our business, GM and our employees are involved in hundreds of STEM education initiatives around the world annually. This involvement ranges from monetary support for activities such as curriculum development, academic competitions, scholarships and internships to hands-on volunteer activities by GM employees, such as serving as mentors.