Workforce Development Committee Chairperson:
Scott “Scooter” E. Gilson
The NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter sees the development of our local workforce as a critical mission area in order to support the growing demand for skilled workers. To support this mission, the Chapter is involved in several initiatives.
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
Encouraging Students to Pursue STEM Education and Careers in the Defense Industry
To become a nationally-recognized and locally-known organization for significantly supporting and encouraging our young people to become excited about Math and Science in order to make well-informed career choices involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the betterment of our country.
Human capital is at the core of America’s defense technology advantage. It takes years for an individual’s technical capacity to mature, and as such the national security workforce of the future is perhaps establishing their educational foundation in elementary school.
The U.S. is not developing the engineering students that we need in order to compete as an innovative country. The skill level in science and math for students completing high school has decreased, and there are not enough U.S. students that are interested in the STEM fields to maintain our competitive edge in a global economy. To build this workforce our chapter actively encourages children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Therefore, The NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter has made it a top priority to support K-12 and college students through collaborating, sponsoring, and hosting events that excite young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The Chapter is also working to be part of the solution by engaging the local educational community and coordinating activities for NDIA members and organizations.