National Coalition of Advancing Technology Centers, The STEM Academy and Solidworks partner to bring online courses to up to 750 schools
May 15, 2012
Beginning in May 2012 - The STEM Academy (STEM 101) developed 3D Solid Modeling course which features 180 hours of comprehensive content designed to promote student industry certification will be available to all 150 NCATC member schools, 600 + regional high schools and 75,000 + students. High school students may earn (3) credits for course completion and challenge the Solidworks Certified Associate exam. Faculty will participate in instructor development training and may earn (3) graduate school credits. The result will be the establishment of a comprehensive, turn-key dual-credit program which culminates with student industry certification.
Russell Mickelson, The STEM Academy CEO, "STEM 101 courses were developed with special consideration for gender, ethnic and socio-economic concerns. Nationally 48% of our enrolled student population are female and 46% traditional non-participating minority students. This NCATC driven outreach program will foster improved diversity among enrolling students populations. Resulting in an elevated community capacity to attract higher paying job opportunities as an industry certified student population emerges".
The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services. To learn more visit www.ncatc.org
The STEM Academy as a national non-profit is dedicated to improving STEM literacy for all students by providing consulting, professional development and curriculum treatment services to schools. To learn more visit www.stem101.org
Solidworks develops and markets 3D CAD design software, analysis software, and product data management software. To learn more visit: www.solidworks.com