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Saturday, June 10, 2017

ACC STEM Family Night

As careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) continue to surge, Alvin Community College will start an event to help recruit students to prepare for jobs in that field.

 

With a $1,000 grant from the ACC Foundation, the college will soon begin hosting a STEM family night to show students the advantages of a technical career.

“ACC has a responsibility to provide workforce education programs that stimulate economic development in the community,” Williams said. “STEM education is essential to that goal, particularly as US students are falling farther behind other countries in math and science.”

The Innovative Initiative Grants were awarded to eleven projects this spring. They are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of the college. The grants will be used for the 2016-17 academic year.

Career opportunities in STEM are currently growing at 17 percent compared to 9.8 percent for all other occupations. In 2012, the STEP workforce included 7.4 million workers and it is projected to grow by more than 9 million by 2022.

This growth creates a huge demand for qualified and skilled workers and students should be encouraged to consider those fields.

STEM Family night will include hands-on activities for K-12 students in a variety of topics. Some of the activities will help students learn more about density, potential and kinetic energy, laws of physics, communications, graphing and statistics.

“STEM Family Night will provide an opportunity for students of all ages and their families to discover why STEM education is fun,” Williams said. “The evening will feature a variety of engaging activities that show how real-life implications of STEM can pull together the ideas presented in schools and help to show how they benefit our society.”

ACC will partner with local school districts, area industry, the Brazoria County Library System and local engineering firms.

The college will host an in the Fall and then in the Spring for 80-100 students and their families

The Foundation issued $12,038 in Innovative Initiative grants this year.

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