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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields have become increasingly central to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth.1 Yet, industries in science and technology have twice as many job openings as there are sufficiently prepared U.S. workers ready to step into these jobs.2

STEM fields are many and diverse ranging from biotechnology, engineering, energy and health care to construction and transportation. About 150 different college majors have been identified by the National Science Foundation as STEM majors.3

In September 2011, Citrus College was awarded a five-year U.S. Department of Education Title V grant, RACE to STEM. The project is part of a coordinated effort to increase the number of underrepresented students attaining AA/AS degrees in STEM and/or ready to transfer to four-year institutions to study in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This exciting grant allows the college to build on and significantly expand its STEM program. In part, this includes:

Get Ready:
Pre-collegiate preparation through a summer science camp for middle and high school students
Early math preparation for middle school students through the PAGE program, conducted at Citrus College in the summer

Get Set:
STEM counseling
Supplemental instruction (SI)
Peer-to-peer mentoring
STEM learning communities
Faculty inquiry groups

Student research opportunities with universities
• Development of a new engineering degree

To become part of RACE to STEM, participate in the many STEM opportunities available through Citrus College, and join a supportive community of STEM-focused faculty, staff and students, please fill out the STEM Academy Application.

For more information, contact Marianne Smith, Ph.D., at marsmith@citruscollege.edu


1 U.S. Department of Labor, 2007.

2 State of the Union Address, January 24, 2012

3 The STEM Workforce Challenge, U.S. Department of Labor, 2007


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