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Southeast Campus STEM Center launches First Annual STEM Career Pathway Series
Photos and Story by Amy Mintonye
November 6, 2014
Written by Amy Mintonye
The increased influence of technology on our society is creating a growing need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals. Recognizing this trend, PCC has invested in STEM education across the campuses, making a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields more accessible to the community.
In addition to offering cutting-edge curriculum, PCC supports STEM education with the creation of new STEM Centers at each of the campuses. The STEM Centers corral resources and create an intellectual community for those studying the sciences.
The STEM Center at Southeast Campus is located in the new Student Commons building, opened earlier this year thanks to funds from the voter-approved bond measure. The creation of this dedicated space has allowed PCC to expand STEM programming, including the launch of the First Annual STEM Career Pathway Series.
The STEM Career Pathway Series invites speakers from a broad spectrum of STEM career tracks to share information regarding their specific career and/or research, education/training, job outlook, daily schedule and encounters that had sparked their interest in their field. Running at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students are encouraged to bring their lunch and their curiosity to the series.
On Tuesday October 28th, local Fox 12 News Meteorologist Mark Nelson spoke to students about his twenty-plus year career in Meteorology. Several PCC students and faculty attended, as well as a local 7th grader interested in the field.
Upcoming STEM Career Pathway Series guests include Mike Andrus, a Manufacturing Engineer from Tektronics, and Elaine Nam, a PhD Bioinorganic Chemist from Vernier Software & Technology. See the STEM events page for upcoming lectures.
PCC’S 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit www.pcc.edu/about/bond/about