In an article titled, “New data about student “aptitudes” could help fill worker skills gap,“published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 15, 2019, Education Reporter Ty Tagami covers how the Metro Atlanta Chamber is turning to YouScience to discover ways to reduce the skilled labor shortage in Georgia.
The goal, Tagami writes, is to assess students’ natural talents and see if there’s a way to match students to fields they may never had shown an interest in but are inherently wired to do well in. The program, co-sponsored by the chamber and contracted through the Georgia Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia, will use the YouScience Discovery aptitude assessment with 71,000 Georgia high schoolers to gather data.
Preliminary results from earlier assessments show a significant gap between students’ aptitudes and interests with up to a 6-to-1 ratio of female students with an aptitude for advanced manufacturing-engineering compared to those expressing a high interest for the field.
Read the full article on The Atlanta Journal Constitution website.