CCC Partners to Promote STEM Education

Article by: Janet Paulson

 

OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College will partner with local high schools and other colleges and universities to increase access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities through an Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) grant. Focus areas for CCC include health sciences, manufacturing technology and engineering. The activities will result in more STEM dual credit courses for high school students in the CCC district.

The South Metro-Salem Partnership is one of six regional STEM Hubs in Oregon, funded under Gov. John Kitzhaber's strategic investment program to emphasize STEM opportunities for students and connecting to high-demand careers. The partnership formed to encourage Oregon students to achieve STEM degrees and certificates, and reach Oregon's education goals by increasing the access and engagement of students in STEM courses and experiential learning.

The STEM Hub designation is accompanied by a $600,000 grant to implement the partnerships three key strategies:

  • Creating a STEM Learning Community of teachers and community partners to share effective instructional practices and integrate science and engineering work samples into common core standards, with contextualized, experience-based teaching and learning methods.
  • Building a "STEM NETwork" of mentors, programs and events that inspire students and sponsors to highlight the value of STEM activities to the classroom, and utilize the region's rich industry and community resources.
  • Expand accelerated credit collaborations between schools, colleges and universities to raise student achievement through dual credits, advanced placement, and incentives to attract students into STEM degree paths.

Partnership co-chairman Craig Hudson from Garmin AT in Salem expressed, "Our STEM partnership includes 126,000 students, and this funding will allow us to connect more teachers and students with STEM curriculum. STEM has so many career possibilities and our focus on dual credit will give students a head start on their college program."

The South Metro-Salem STEM Hub partnership was started in 2012 as a collaborative to raise achievement for students in science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM Hub includes 15 regional school districts, Oregon Tech, Western Oregon University, Pacific University, Chemeketa, Clackamas and Portland community colleges, 11 core business partners and nine community-based organizations in the South Metro Region, and the Clackamas CTE Consortium.

For more information, contact Larry Cheyne, director of Education Partnerships at CCC.

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