CSC recently joined STEMconnector™, an organization dedicated to gathering what organizations are doing to support and promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, globally. As part of their guest blog series, she speaks about CSC's commitment to STEM education.
“CSC is a company of approximately 97,000 IT professionals around the globe, and I would hazard a guess that about ¾ of us are STEM professionals; meaning we are computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, astrophysicists and astronomers, with some biologists and chemists thrown in the mix somewhere too. We were founded as Computer Sciences Corporation more than 50 years ago, and we were the first IT company to be listed on the NYSE. According to legend, CSC actually coined the phrase “computer science” in the early days of the company around 1959. In those days there was no computer science, it was just called advanced mathematics.
STEM is the very foundation of our company. We are developing a laser like focus on the need to improve STEM education to attract more students into the fields and, as a result, create more STEM employees for our future talent pipeline. With the large number of baby boomers scheduled to exit the workforce over the next few years, not only will CSC be impacted but so will our clients. As technology innovators and providers of large scale complex IT systems around the world, no amount of our innovation will grow us more STEM students. CSC must focus our efforts on addressing the issues and challenges of STEM policy and education and join forces with our clients, our alliance partners and even our competitors if we are to increase the pool of STEM talent.
STEMconnector™ is a much needed tool for the STEM communities and is a huge step in the right direction. What we need now is to continue the dialogue on these challenege with enthusiasm, bring the decision makers together and get everyone involved to help us continue the journey toward filling 3 million open STEM jobs that are forecasted to be available 3 years from now. As much as we can, we must reach out to our schools and involve them in our business in order to light the spark of passion for IT and innovation and most of all to make our investments in supporting STEM initiatives, research and education. John P. Holden, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology said it well, “High quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is critical for the prosperity and security of our Nation.” -Susan Pullin, Vice President Corporate Responsibility at CSC.