The U.S. workforce faces a number of STEM workforce educated challenges as many employees are not
prepared to meet the needs of the U.S. economy. The theoretical
framework of the article is based on legitimate peripheral
participation stating that participants join a community of
practice and become acquainted with the tasks, vocabulary, and organizing principles of the community, then they move further into the community seeking more knowledge for greater legitimacy, and eventually become full-participants. This article highlights examples at how partnerships with the U.S. defense industry are addressing STEM education and offering valuable
learning experience for preparing the U.S. defense workforce.
STEM defense industry, STEM partnership,
apprenticeship, aerospace STEM, defense industry education.
Scott Christman is with the Apprentice School in Newport News, VA,
Cole J. Kupec II is with BCF Solutions, America (e-mail:
Scott Christman and Cole J. Kupec II, "
Addressing STEM Education: The U.S. Defense Industry and Legitimate Peripheral Participation," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 4, no. 3, pp.