Filling the STEAM Demand “Before I came here, I didn’t know much about Morehouse and now I want to come here and be a Morehouse graduate and an engineer.” –Omar Cox, a rising ninth grader and Morehouse College SMASH participant
orehouse College continues to embrace its place as an institution noted for producing strong, innovative leaders for the community, the nation and the world. As we celebrate our 150th year, it is critical that we continue to educate our students in the disciplines tied to the current and future workplace, and best suited for economic growth. Today, those jobs are in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) fields. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are among the highest paying and fastest growing career tracks. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce in a report issued by its Economics and Statistics Administration, STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than non-STEM workers. The report also revealed that, from 2008 to 2018, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17 percent. Morehouse is preparing its students to fill those jobs. We are proud to become the first historically black college to join the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), an elite program with a mission to identify and train African American and other underrepresented technology workers to help fill the surging demand for STEM jobs in the United States and around the world. SMASH, headed by Level Playing Field Institute CEO Eli Kennedy, trains high school minority students in a five-week residential summer program that exposes them to computer science, math, science and engineering design. Our inaugural program this summer also exposed some very excited rising ninth-graders from underrepresented areas of Atlanta to the possibility of attending college. One of them, Omar Cox, experienced Morehouse for the first time through SMASH and now wants to become a Morehouse Man and a Morehouse-educated engineer. That is what happens at Morehouse! Besides Morehouse, the program has academies at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of California-Davis. I am proud of our work at Morehouse, but that work can only continue to thrive with the support of our alumni. Short of your support, our beloved institution like so many institutions of higher education, will be left vulnerable and weakened by economic conditions. We cannot thrive with a tuition-based dependency in the 21st century. Your commitment to give back is our only hope of continuing this transformational work, which has become the hallmark of Morehouse. Brothers, our students are destined to lead consequential lives, but they need your support. Onward,
It is critical that we continue to educate our students in the disciplines where jobs are available and where economic growth is feasible.
John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79
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