National Association of Biology Teachers, SkillsUSA, Educational Research Center of America

Launch New National Research Consortium

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., February 25, 2015 – As talk about being “college and career ready” continues to dominate many education debates, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), SkillsUSA, and the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) announced today that they are forming a new research consortium to ensure a strong national discussion among parents, educators and counselors, and students on Health/Science career pathways.

The consortium will work collaboratively to explore students’ aspirations toward a range of health careers and some of the influences on those aspirations.  Feedback from students will also be compared and contrasted with trends and opportunities in health careers.  NABT, SkillsUSA, and ERCA have agreed to a multi-year engagement that will help use the data to better prepare students for their careers ahead.

“Science teachers, and especially biology teachers, are often the first to introduce students to the possibility of a health/science career. By conducting this research with our consortium partners, we can learn more about how students view the health and science related opportunities that exist today, and those we envision for tomorrow,” said Jaclyn Reeves-Peppin, Executive Director, National Association of Biology Teachers.  “This data can only help teachers, parents and counselors better support students as they pursue their educational and career aspirations in these fields.”

“SkillsUSA is pleased to join the National Association of Biology Teachers and ERCA in this research consortium and in recommending this survey to health sciences students and educators,” said Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA.  “It will enable us to better align our services with student needs and prepare them for careers ahead.

“As the economy evolves, students, parents, guidance counselors, and educators continue to look for the best opportunities for today’s learners,” ERCA Executive Director Ed Doody said. “With this new research initiative, we expect to better inform all involved in the process about health careers, focusing on both what is needed today and what is needed tomorrow. And there are no better partners to lead such an effort than NABT and SkillsUSA.”

About NABT

Since being established in 1938, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has been the recognized “leader in life science education” by empowering educators to provide the best possible biology and life science education to all students. Thousands of educators have joined NABT to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe; keep up with trends and developments in the field; and grow professionally. For more information about NABT, please visit

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a not-for-profit association that serves more than 300,000 member high school, college and postsecondary students — and their instructors — in trade, technical and skilled service instructional programs. SkillsUSA partners with educators and students and with business and industry to help ensure the United States has a well-prepared, rising skilled workforce. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 companies, trade associations and labor unions at the national level. SkillsUSA has had more than 11.6 million annual members since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information on SkillsUSA, see:

About ERCA

For nearly 20 years, the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) has pursued a mission of helping high school students and their families to identify a college- and career-ready pathway. ERCA helps families identify student options on career pathways to life success, including two- and four-year college opportunities. Through a partnership with and the support of ASL Marketing, ERCA provides introductions to post-secondary institutions. Additionally, as part of its mission, ERCA annually awards postsecondary scholarships to deserving students seeking to improve their communities and society at large. Working in concert with partner organizations engaged in education and workforce development, ERCA’s research has a singular objective; motivating students to explore career pathways relevant to their interests, education and passions. For more information, visit and follow @ERCAResearch on Twitter.

Media Contact:

Ed Doody, Executive Director, ERCA