According to the U.S. Department of Education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are vital to competing in today’s global economy. In fact, research shows that between 2010 and 2020, overall employment in STEM occupations will increase by 17 percent, with New Jersey projected to have 269,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018.
Recognizing this trend, Atlantic Cape Community College has made STEM education a priority by offering 20 associate degrees and 12 professional certificates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and by opening a STEM Building in 2015. This state-of-the-art facility features five science labs, two computer labs, an air traffic control tower simulator, office space and student collaboration rooms.
According to U.S. News and World Report, community college can be a starting point for students pursuing STEM careers that require advanced degrees or for earning an associate degree or certifications. And once they graduate, research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce shows, 63 percent of those with an associate degree in STEM fields earn more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees in other subjects.
Atlantic Cape offers associate degrees in such STEM fields as engineering, computer information systems, aviation studies, mathematics, biology and environmental science among others. The college also offers 12 Professional Series certificates in such programs as Computer Security Specialist, Iphone Programmer and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist.
Ravi Manimaran, dean of STEM programs, agrees that community college can provide an excellent foundation for a STEM career. For example, Atlantic Cape’s associate degree in engineering prepares students to transfer to a four-year degree program, Manimaran said. “We are preparing students to become future engineers in civil, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.”
To learn more about STEM degrees at Atlantic Cape, contact Manimaran, at 609-343-4988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlantic Cape’s campuses are located in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.