Discover a Career in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering at Hancock's STEM Open House on April 15
The event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. inside the Student Center on the Santa Maria campus.
(APRIL 3, 2015) High school students interested in pursuing careers that pay nearly 30 percent above the national average should plan to attend an open house at Allan Hancock College later this month. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, better known as STEM, will host a night of discovery on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. inside the Student Center on the Santa Maria campus.“The open house is a great opportunity for high school students and their families to learn more about what Hancock has to offer for STEM education and resources,” said counselor Ashley Brackett.
Students will learn about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, as well as the financial aid opportunities offered at Hancock. Faculty, staff and current Hancock students will be on hand to meet guests and answer questions, as well as take them on tours.
Organizers will discuss the benefits of joining the STEM program, including the college’s success of transferring students to four-year universities. For example, Hancock students in 2014 earned the region’s highest transfer acceptance rate to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for the thirteenth straight year.
“The STEM program really saved me,” said Katie Lee, who graduated from Hancock last spring with a biology degree and transferred to Cal Poly. “I really felt like I had a purpose and at the base it was being guided by STEM.”
STEM students receive access to the STEM Center, which is designed to be a hub for student learning. The on-campus facility offers free access to computers, study space, group study rooms, a library of textbooks, and wireless internet for STEM students. Drop-in tutoring and academic counseling are also provided.
Research shows STEM careers are in high demand and pay more than non-STEM industries. A U.S. Department of Commerce study found that STEM careers earn 26 percent more than non-STEM jobs. The department also found growth in jobs involving STEM fields was nearly triple that of non-STEM occupations over the last 10 years. STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than others for decades to come.
The open house is free and open to local high school students and their parents or guardians. To register, contact the STEM Center at 922-6966 ext. 3557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.