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2015 STEM Jobs(SM) Approved Colleges List Released

PITTSBURGH, PA — Victory Media, creator of STEM Jobs(SM) education, career and media resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers, announced today their list of 2015 STEM Jobs(SM) Approved Colleges. The inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. The 2015 list of STEM Jobs(SM) Approved Colleges will be featured in the Late Fall 2014 issue of STEM Jobs magazine at www.stemjobs.com.

Over 1,600 colleges participated in the STEM Jobs ratings process. Colleges were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary survey questions around three key indicators of success: program alignment to job demand, job placement after graduation and diversity in a school’s STEM programs.

“With the list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges — plus our Employers list, to be released in early 2015 — we’re able to help students, parents and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” says Daniel Nichols, president of STEM Jobs. “Considering the skyrocketing cost to attend a four-year college is in excess of $100,000, and that we’re facing a shortage of STEM-qualified job applicants nationwide, every parent needs transparent data to help them and their child find the school right for her. Plus, students need reliable information not only for four-year degrees, but for two-year degrees and certificate-programs that will prepare them for high-paying STEM careers.”

The STEM Jobs(SM) Approved Colleges ratings are based on rigorous quantitative assessment that measures colleges on criteria created with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. A complete description of our methodology is available at http://victorymedia.com/stem-jobs. STEM Jobs tools, media and curriculum guides are designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make critical education and career planning decisions.

STEM Jobs provides a number of services for colleges, employers and school districts nationwide, including performance benchmarking, recruiting, classroom resources, workforce advisement and professional development, as part of our mission to bridge the gap between the classroom and high-growth careers in STEM.

For additional information about STEM Jobs, please visit us at www.stemjobs.com.

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