ACS Webinar

Bridging the Skills Gap Between the CHIPS and Science Act and Chemical Technical Professionals

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Live virtual event

Jul 25, 2024 | 2–3 PM ET

60 minutes


Professional Development

The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 represents a significant workforce initiative. It is not only notable for its emphasis on advancing STEM education at higher levels, but also for providing crucial programs and resources aimed at training skilled technical workers who do not possess bachelor's degrees. In this free interactive webinar, learn about key workforce initiatives in the CHIPS and Science Act and how ACS is strengthening the pool of Chemical Technical Professionals (CTPs) at a systemic level through a two-pronged approach--increasing opportunities for CTPs by ‘building partnerships’ between training programs and industrial employers and ‘changing the message’ by targeting high school and two-year college graduates with accurate information about career opportunities for skilled Chemical Technical Professionals.

Join Martha Ross of the Brookings Metro and John-David R. Rocha of ACS as they discuss the impact of the 2022 Chips and Science Act on skilled technical jobs in the United States and how ACS is establishing scholarships, grants, and supporting industrial mentorship programs and internships to connect more high school and two-year college graduates with potential employers and expand the pool of CTPs to meet future workforce demands.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Heath Weems of the American Chemical Society and is co-produced with ACS Science Policy.

What You Will Learn

  • What significant funding from the Act that prioritizes training for skilled technical jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree
  • What key programs within the Act represent a rare pathbreaking effort to integrate economic and workforce development together
  • How ACS is connecting employers with two-year college chemical science graduates through grants, internships, mentorship opportunities, scholarships, and awareness campaigns

Meet The Experts

  • Martha Ross, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro
  • John-David R. Rocha, Program Manager, American Chemical Society
  • Heath Weems, Advocacy Manager, Government Affairs, American Chemical Society

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