WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST ENGINEERING COLLEGEProfile America — Saturday, November 5th. Much has been heard in recent years about national education policy encouraging more science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — students. As far as engineering goes, the trail was broken on this date in 1824 with the founding of the Rensselaer School in Troy, New York. Now known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, it was the nation's first engineering school. Its first 10 students graduated with engineering degrees in 1826. In the years since, engineering has come to be applied to many fields beyond physical structures, such as in chemistry and computer science. Engineering is a powerful force in our economy. There are nearly 59,000 engineering service firms in the nation, employing over 1,000,000 people. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau's "dwellr" mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile. Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3233Engineering services & employment/NAICS 541330: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~541330 Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).