Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will drive this country. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 17% and to produce 2.8 million new job openings the next few years. In contrast, job growth in other professions is projected to be less than 10%.
According to McKinsey, 64% of companies have vacancies for STEM positions due to a lack of qualified applicants. By 2020, the U.S. will demand 123 million highly skilled workers, but there will only be 50 million qualified people to fill these roles. Because of the enormous demand for highly skilled and educated STEM professionals, they can expect typically earn 26% more than non-STEM positions. Even more important, technical professionals with leadership skills will the most in demand. It is the goal of our science department to develop an interest in the sciences, challenge those already pursuing STEM future and do this all in a nurturing and supportive environment.
To get into these college programs, we make sure that our students are prepared for the next level. 100% of Mr. Barnes students received a passing grade on the 2012 AP Physics exam. On a macro level, the class of 2013 average as 24.4 on the ACT compared to the Michigan average of only 20.2
At Brother Rice we recognize the need for our students to get on the right path early when thinking about college and a career. Students are required to take 3 credits of science, but more than 90% of our students graduate with 4 or more science credits.
Our science department has over 120 years of teaching experience divided among its 6 member team of Mike Hoch, Ray Kossakowski, Bob Riker, Bob Barnes, Pam Ingrody and Department Chair Tom Dobrzeniecki. Just as important as their years in the classroom is their combined with 60+ years of real world experience in the fields of Health care, Research, Medicine, Engineering and Business. Our teachers are not just out of the book educators, but they provide a the students with real world applications of the lessons they teach. By combining their life experiences and hands-on knowledge to the lessons they teach in the classroom many of their students, once graduated, will seek out careers in the fields based in STEM Education.
Teachers are available before, during and after school to assist their students. Students can partake of the many teacher lead and peer tutoring programs through our guidance department including the 40 years of teaching experience of Brother Ross Wielatz.