Economic Development efforts are vital to the future of Middle Georgia. Industrial and business growth will be difficult without a readily available workforce with technical knowledge, skills, and ability required for jobs, both today and tomorrow. Workforce Development is a component in Economic Development, for Robins AFB and all Middle Georgia. STEM Outreach is an essential element in building the next generation of that technical workforce.

A March 2019 Staff Report from the publication Georgia CEO says the future of job growth in technology sectors looks healthy. The number of job postings related to “emerging technologies” grew by 75% last year, representing over 11,000 new jobs. Since 2010, new technology employment has grown by over 68,000 jobs. The 362,000 technology jobs accounts for almost 8% of the state’s total economy.

Emerging technologies include: the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual/augmented reality, and blockchain. One thinktank forecasts that technology employment will grow by almost 10% across the state by 2025.

Robins AFB just completed the “1,200 in 12” hiring program and continues to hire new employees. Most of these jobs require training and experience in technology disciplines.

The mission of the Middle Georgia STEM Alliance is to increase awareness of the career opportunities in STEM fields, the education required to prepare for these jobs, and the availability of training and hands-on experience in growing the next generation of the STEM Workforce, for the economic development of Middle Georgia and the military value of Robins AFB.

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