Foreseeing a shortage of qualified incoming science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — employees in coming years, local businesses are supporting the development of the next generation of engineers, scientists and finance professionals by investing in WorkNet's STEM TEC program.
Through a four-week summer camp and year-round engagements, STEM TEC offers hands-on career exploration and workplace readiness to more than 2,400 Pinellas youth ages 14 to 17.
WorkNet also receives support from local businesses that invest in scholarship opportunities, internships and tours of their facilities.
This year, Extensys Inc. is investing in 10 STEM TEC scholarship opportunities for Pinellas County students. The IT consulting firm offers many services including networking, data protection and storage, disaster recovery and information security.
"At Extensys Inc., we firmly believe that investing in STEM students is crucial to our future, and ultimately, the future of our country," said Roland Feijoo, the company's chief executive officer. "STEM initiates contribute to an educated and employed workforce, which is at the core of a strong, thriving and safe community."
Under the general direction of Pinellas County and Workforce Florida Inc., WorkNet Pinellas develops strategies to target the needs of employers, then matches them to job seekers across the employment spectrum.
There are three WorkNet Pinellas One Stop Career and Business Centers and two satellite centers in Pinellas County. No fees are charged for any of WorkNet Pinellas' services for employers or job seekers.
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