The US Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the creation of nearly 1 million more jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by 2022 than what existed in 2012.
For this reason, it is imperative that high school students are aware of their postsecondary career options. Social studies teachers Adam Glasgow and Matt Young welcomed four U.S. Navy recruiters Oct. 16 into their classrooms to speak on STEM fields within their branch.
Many students have the mindset that the Navy is only looking to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. However, many STEM opportunities exist for interested recruits. Some of the numerous STEM careers available include nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, cryptologic technicians and nuclear electronic technicians.
The Navy also offers a significant scholarship for students showing interest in pursuing STEM while also serving in the U.S. Navy. The Naval Sea System Commands (NAVSEA) scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen with the intention of graduating with a degree in the STEM field. To qualify, the student must be a U.S. citizen and must be pursuing a field of study that is not only STEM but is also needed in the NAVSEA workforce. The candidate must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, have an obvious need for financial help and be active within the community.
Young commented, “I thought that the possibility for students to not only get a high paying job but also have help with college tuition is an opportunity that many do not have.”
Students who receive the scholarship will be awarded money for tuition and books. They will also be given opportunities to sign up for, and be hired into, the NAVSEA Student Employment program. They could then work at a NAVSEA Field Command or Headquarters and will begin during the summer following their freshman year. The career opportunity provides a higher rate of scholarship, technical summer work experience, initiation of government service and security clearance, mentorship from a NAVSEA scientist or engineer and a graduation employment agreement.
Junior Hayden Rhodes, a student interested in the STEM field commented, “I found the job opportunities with nuclear power in the Navy most interesting. I was also surprised to see that there are so many opportunities within the STEM field offered in the Navy.”