On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Bevill State Community College will host the first STEM22 project event for high schools in the area.
The STEM Career Exploration Day will be held on the Bevill State Sumiton Campus in buildings 1400 and 1500 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This event will include approximately 850 ninth grade students from the Walker County School System, Jasper City School System, and Sumiton Christian School who will participate in interactive activities in STEM fields.
In August, Bevill State Community College announced a partnership with the Alabama Power Foundation and the Walker Area Community Foundation to offer the STEM22 program to students at Walker County Schools and Jasper City Schools. The STEM22 program will provide a seamless pathway for students to Bevill State Community College for education and training to prepare them for the future workforce. The goal of this project is to provide a ready workforce that will potentially attract businesses and industries in the Information Technology and Robotics/Automation fields. Outcomes of the program include developing computational and critical thinking, learning from failure, gaining self-confidence in STEM settings, and learning about jobs of the future.
By exposing students to various STEM-related career paths, they encounter careers that they may not have known about or considered previously. The program will provide a seamless pathway from middle school to high school to Bevill State to the workforce or 4-year institution. Having learned about STEM career fields early, course selection in high school dual enrollment and at Bevill State will be driven by the pathways the students choose. The career pathways include Coding, Robotics, Engineering, App Development, etc.