Whitepapers & Resources

Creating Next Generation STEM Careers Through Field-Based Learning – What’s Inside:

America has a pipeline problem that has nothing to do with oil. There are simply not enough young adults entering the workforce equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century economy. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that STEM occupations are growing at 17%, nearly double that of other careers and eighty percent of professions are expected to require STEM skills in the next decade.

Yet less than half of students are graduating high school with the prerequisite STEM courses.

This whitepaper starts the dialogue about how educators can partner with tourism professionals, public entities and private industry to combat this nationwide epidemic.

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Know Your ABCs When Choosing a Tour Operator – What’s Inside:

Author Lisa S. Curtin has more than 20 years of experience operating tours for one of the world’s largest tour operators, BrightSpark Travel. She now consults to the tourism industry and speaks on topics related to tourism and business continuity planning.

  • Best Practices: 26 Critical tips for teachers and student travel planners on selecting the right tour operator and how best to manage the experience.
  • Further Resources: A collection of next steps to further aid your student travel planning.

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6 Unique Travel Program Fundraisers – What’s Inside:

Traveling as a student group is a life-changing experience that forges real-world connections to classroom learning, inspires independence, and gives teachers the opportunity to connect with students in a unique and important way. But we get it. Money talks. Making your travel program affordable to families in your community is an essential component of planning!

  • Unique, proven fundraising ideas collected from real teachers by the nation’s largest student travel organization.
  • Bonus: Find out how to download our full 19-page fundraising guide for free!

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