Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are driving our global marketplace. By 2020, the demand for STEM professionals is expected to add 1 million new jobs in the United States. Colorado is home to one of the fastest-growing economies among all states, and we need to ensure today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders are passionate about STEM in Colorado and recognize their potential as the basis for stimulating and rewarding careers.

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is focused on preparing all Coloradans for success in a 21st century economy and community. We know achieving this goal requires strengthening STEM education and providing a rigorous focus on these concepts in an integrated way.

Colorado has a higher share of STEM jobs than the national average and expects to see above-average growth in STEM occupations over the next decade.

But we won’t have enough workers if we don’t prepare now.

By 2020, three out of four Colorado jobs (74 percent) will require additional education after high school. More than half (55 percent) of the top jobs in Colorado — those with projected high openings and above-average growth rates that offer a family-supporting wage — will require skills in STEM.

However, portions of our population are getting left out. Females make up nearly half of Colorado’s workforce yet hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs. And achievement gaps for poor students and students of color continue to widen.

Colorado STEM

Colorado STEM is a community-based effort to develop and implement the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap. Released in August 2014, the STEM Roadmap advances STEM education for all Colorado learners, meets business needs, and attracts new companies to the state.

Colorado STEM is working to:

  • Increase the number and diversity of students entering STEM fields.
  • Identify and expand programs that excite students about STEM fields.
  • Invest in STEM education in the early grades.
  • Work with Colorado’s 14 economic development regions to prioritize STEM locally.
  • Expand the coalition of P-20 educators, industry leaders, and economic development experts supporting STEM Roadmap implementation.

To achieve our goals, we have developed the STEM Roadmap — our plan to increase the number and diversity of Coloradans prepared for Colorado jobs.

Learn more about STEM in Colorado by visiting these other areas:

Colorado STEMWorks Database
The Colorado STEMworks database provides a list of effective Colorado STEM programs vetted by a partnership that includes CEI, the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), and Change the Equation (CTEq).

Colorado STEM Education Roadmap
The STEM Roadmap is a sequenced plan for improving STEM education and training in ways that increase opportunities for all students, meet employer needs, and attract new businesses to our state.