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Yesterday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) rolled out a five-year plan to support and enhance STEM education in the United States. The plan will serve as a “North Star” for the federal government and state-level and private sector stakeholders developing strategies to further STEM education. The final plan represents a collaboration between more than a dozen federal agencies as well as a constellation of outside advocates, including the NAM and the Manufacturing Institute.


The plan envisions a future where “all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM.”  In furtherance of that goal, the plan lays out three key goals for advancing STEM education in the U.S.:

1.)   Build strong foundations for STEM literacy

2.)   Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM

3.)   Prepare the STEM workforce for the future


As you know, today almost half a million jobs remain open in the manufacturing sector, and manufacturers will need to fill as many as 2.4 million jobs between now and 2028. OSTP’s five-year plan emphasizes learning experiences that prepare students for STEM careers – a key metric of success given the skills gap manufacturers are facing. The plan also prioritizes work-based learning opportunities and collaboration with the business community.


The NAM and the Manufacturing Institute will continue to engage directly with the Administration as well as the individual agencies charged with implementing the STEM strategic plan. You can view the full plan by clicking here; the Manufacturing Institute’s Carolyn Lee published a blog post yesterday praising its release.  If you have any questions going forward, please reach out to Kevin Scott ( with the Manufacturing Institute and Charles Crain ( with the NAM.



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