TEMPE, AZ, November 8, 2018 –
The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has advanced resources for students to explore and prepare for successful careers in emerging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Starting Fall 2018 courses in blockchain technology, Apple iOS development, and drone systems were made available to fill important gaps in Arizona's workforce. MCCCD is creating career paths from cybersecurity and nanotechnology to app design and aviation, preparing students for a rapidly changing career landscape.
According to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, the “professional/scientific/technical services” job subcategory grew at twice the rate of overall job growth in Phoenix between 2016 and 2017, and the Greater Phoenix region expects to add 20,000 plus IT jobs in the next decade. Students need more education in STEM than ever before, and it is MCCCD's strategy to build STEM initiatives cross-colleges to spark innovation and maximize career options for students to succeed in a technology-driven economy.
“Arizona is at the cutting edge of innovation, and ensuring our workforce has the skills that today’s businesses require is critical to maintaining our competitive position,” said Governor Doug Ducey as he applauded Maricopa Community Colleges for taking a leadership role in advancing new STEM curriculums.
Recent Initiative includes:
- Mesa Community College is one of the first community colleges in the country to offer Blockchain Technology Certification, and only one of six colleges in the country handpicked by Apple to deliver iOS certifications where students learn to code.
- Phoenix College (PC) was awarded $1.5 million to support STEM education for minority students. PC also offers a Micro-Nanotechnology course that teaches students how to use advanced instrumentation at extremely high magnification levels.
- Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot Training program will instruct students in drone simulation and flight training.
- The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) at GateWay Community College provides students access to services like rapid prototyping and 3D printing. CEI also hosts monthly “Design Days” where entrepreneurs, inventors, and makers get feedback on their projects from engineers.
- The Cybersecurity Program, part of Estrella Mountain Community College, proactively increases the understanding of robust Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (IA/CD) technology.
- As part of its designation as a Red Hat Academy, Glendale Community College (GCC) launched a new program that teaches students how to deploy and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- Scottsdale Community College’s expanded computer networking lab provides IT students the ability to learn about and design cloud infrastructure and virtualized storage systems. SCC has certified 100 students in cloud computing and virtualization in its five semesters of offering these classes, with the majority of graduates easily finding new jobs.
- Paradise Valley Community College is home to technologies like 3D printers and a 16” Dobsonian telescope. Students have access to high-performance liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance technology.
- Rio Salado’s Nanotechnology program prepares students to work at the cellular or atomic level using chemistry, biology, and electrical applications.
- South Mountain Community College (SMCC) has been chosen to participate in a National Science Foundation Research Study to identify successful practices that contribute to student success in STEM programs. The Office of Community College Research and Leadership has also recently identified SMCC as “excelling” in its support for Hispanic STEM students.
- S-STEM Scholarship in partnership with GCC, PC, and SMCC assists up to $5,000/semester and can be renewed for up to eight semesters, for a total of up to $40,000 in scholarship funds.
The Maricopa County Community College District has been and will continue to be a catalyst for innovation and delivering high-quality higher education among the community. Providing STEM education cross-colleges will ensure not only equitable opportunities for an excellent education but also the ability for our students to pursue a career pathway of their choice. MCCCD is seizing the opportunity to enhance the experiences and quality of life of our students so that they will be able to contribute to our economic prosperity for the future.
For more information about the Maricopa Community Colleges' STEM programs, please visit www.maricopa.edu.
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About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa County Community College District includes 10 regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.