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Feb 4, 2013 8:08 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News

Large demand for Tech STEM students over next 10 years

BUTTE-A recent report says that over 1 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) college graduates will be needed over the next 10 years.

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter says, "That's a very significant number when you think about students and parents making decisions about where to go to school and what's going to happen once they complete a college degree."

About 85% of Montana Tech 4 year graduates and 55% of 2 year graduates finish with those degrees.
That means on average about 70% of Montana Tech graduates complete a degree in STEM.

Blackketter says that's a significant number when choosing a college in those fields.
He says Tech students will fill that demand and be ready to enter those fields upon graduation.

"It's one of the very things we're proud of at Montana Tech is that employers tell us that our students are ready to go to work right when they get out of college and I think that's one of the reasons that our students are in demand is that they're very work ready and very employable from essentially day one after graduation," says Blackketter.

About 93% of Montana Tech graduates enter into professional schools or employment after graduation.


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