Wor-Wic Offers New STEM Degree

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Wor-Wic Community College is expanding its credit programs by offering a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) transfer associate of science degree with six areas of concentration: biology, chemistry, chemistry: pre-pharmacy, engineering, mathematics and physics.

The degree and six areas of concentration are designed to prepare graduates to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a degree in a STEM discipline in support of careers in biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, pharmacy, medicine, veterinary, dentistry and mortuary science.

“For us, it is personal,” said Dr. Stacey Hall, mathematics and science department head and associate professor of biological science. “We have small classes staffed with dedicated and caring faculty with advanced degrees who passionately model and practice critical thinking skills in their courses. Our classrooms and laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment to ensure students have the hands-on learning experiences that promote academic success. We also have a mathematics laboratory staffed with highly-skilled tutors who provide personalized support to help students overcome challenges and meet their academic goals.”

According to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, STEM occupations are some of the fastest-growing and highly-compensated professions. The national average wage for all STEM occupations was $87,570, which is nearly double the national average wage for non-STEM occupations. In addition, employment in STEM fields grew by 10.5% between May 2009 and May 2015. The STEM group that is projected to add the most new jobs from 2014 to 2024 are those in the mathematical science occupations, which is 28.2% growth compared to 6.5% for all occupations.

For more information, contact Hall at shall@worwic.edu or 410-334-6785.

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