Baltimore, Md. – (Dec. 13, 2012) The Community College of Baltimore County recently received a combined total of $30,000 in grants from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Northrop Grumman Foundation to enhance opportunities for students interested in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees with a focus on engineering. Working in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) and the National Science Foundation, CCBC will develop the Enhancing the STEM Engineering Pipeline initiative which will provide high school students greater access to STEM education and create successful pathways to engineering careers.
“This initiative is designed to help encourage more STEM education graduates of two-year colleges to pursue four-year and graduate-level engineering degree programs by focusing on the barriers and potential solutions for increasing the number of STEM-educated professionals in the U.S.,” said Ted Imes, director of Community and Education Outreach at Northrop Grumman’s Linthicum, Md.-based Electronic Systems sector.
The Enhancing the STEM Engineering Pipeline has three goals:
- Improve the recruitment and retention of CCBC students in STEM degree programs through the development of a STEM Scholars program.
- Encourage participation of under-represented groups as STEM Scholars by developing the components; mentoring, counseling and scholarships to assure their success.
- Establish multiple pipelines and bridges to connect students to four-year engineering programs and potentials employers.
CCBC will work with BCPS to train high school teachers and counselors and align curriculum, provide scholarships for students pursuing their degree through National Science Foundation grants and utilize CCBC engineering faculty mentors who will advise students to maximize their success transitioning to and completing an engineering degree at a four-year institution or obtaining a position in their field.
“Community colleges play a huge role in STEM education, one that is often overlooked,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “With this generous grant, Northrop Grumman is aiding CCBC in its efforts to recruit and prepare STEM students for STEM degrees. It is a pleasure to have a partner such as Northrop Grumman who understands the importance of the connection between the community college and meaningful STEM careers.”
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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