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STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate subjects, STEM integrates them
into a blended learning environment and shows students how the scientific method can
be applied to everyday life.
The Importance of STEM Education:
Industries are experiencing a shortage of mid-skill workers in the high-growth STEM
sector. Meanwhile, in a changing labor market and difficult economy, many workers
face displacement, unemployment, or underemployment.
The National STEM Consortium:
The National STEM Consortium (NSC), an alliance of ten community colleges in nine states, is building a portfolio of one-year STEM certificate programs.
The NSC aims to bridge the STEM skills gap, connect workers to industry, and strengthen the STEM pipeline by offering innovative occupational training that takes students' limiting circumstances into account.
Targeting regional labor markets, the NSC will develop and deliver curricula in the following high-demand fields and disseminate them to community colleges nationwide.
- Composite Materials
- Electric Vehicle Technology
- Environmental Technology