Director of STEM Programs
NCS-The National Center for Simulation
How to Help Your Students Prepare for a Career in Modeling, Simulation & Technology
Lindsey Spalding, as Director of STEM Programs at the National Center for Simulation (NCS) in Orlando Florida and a PhD candidate at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne Florida, serves as a networking hub connecting educators, students, community members, and the High-Tech Modeling, Simulation, and Training (MS&T) STEM workforce. Collaborating with industry experts that span across government, department of defense, academic, and private industry Lindsey works primarily with industry experts and K-14 educators to build and facilitate authentic integrated STEM learning opportunities designed to strengthen STEM teaching and learning practices which leads to stronger STEM students and a future workforce prepared to take on global challenges. Industry accredited certifications are one way for STEM students and practitioners to demonstrate their understanding, and employability in a workforce of interest. NCS developed a M&S certification program for entry level professionals and is leading a workforce development education committee to engage and prepare high school and technical school teachers to give their students the opportunity to join the high-tech, high paying MS&T workforce.