STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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STEM Education

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.

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
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Environmen­tal Technology
  • Mechatronics