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Bridging the Gap: Two-Year Colleges at the Crossroads between High Schools and Universities in STEM Education

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Transfer and Transitions

Tagged Division

Two-Year College

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

12

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https://peer.asee.org/32477

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35

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Dan G. Dimitriu San Antonio College

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Dan G. Dimitriu has been practicing engineering since 1970 and taught engineering courses concurrently for more than 20 years at various institutions. In 2001, he joined San Antonio College full-time as the Coordinator of its Engineering program. He has been involved with several engineering societies and became a member of the Two-year College Division of ASEE in 2002. His research interests are in engineering graphics, 3-D Visualization, fuel cells, plastics, and engineering education. He received the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

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Said Fariabi San Antonio College

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Chair of Mathematics, Architecture, physics and Engineering at San Antonio College.

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Simona Dana Dimitriu Northside ISD

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Simona D. Dimitriu practiced engineering since 1981 for 20 years and following a graduate degree in education started teaching science since 2007 and math since 2002. She has been involved in numerous initiatives to integrate engineering in science and math education and combine education research with education practice.

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Lisa Marie Baker Northside ISD

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Lisa Baker is honored to be the principal of Communications Arts High School in Northside ISD.

She has earned a bachelor's degree in Business-Accounting, a master's degree in Educational Leadership, and has almost completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Her work experience includes positions as an accountant at a Fortune 500 company, a Special Education teacher, a department and campus coordinator, and an assistant principal at O'Connor H.S., and a vice principal at Alternative H.S.

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Abstract

Abstract

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that demand for engineers will continue to show a steady growth during the 2014-2024 period and expects greater-than-average growth from several individual engineering fields with rates ranging from 23.1% for biomedical engineers to 5.3 % for mechanical engineers. The increasing employment of engineers in service industries, research and development, and consulting is expected to generate most of the employment growth. The National Science Foundation in a 2015 Survey of Graduate Students and Post-doctorates in science and engineering found that from 2008 to 2013 STEM graduate students in the U.S. who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents rose 3.1%. Of these, 25.8% were Hispanic and 7.8% were African-American. A high level of achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education is essential if the U.S. is to maintain a leading role in space science, aeronautics, cybersecurity, and technology in general. At the same time, too many students are graduating high school without the skills needed to succeed in college. Almost 50% of high school graduates did not have any kind of college readiness course of studies. In 2015, high school graduation rates reached upward of 82 percent in the United States but a study of outcomes revealed that only about ten percent of them were actually are ready for college. Two-year colleges have the means to step in and facilitate the transition of students between high school and university The paper will present some initiatives that can be started in high schools and continued at the two-year college level to create a continuous flow of successful students into STEM fields at the university level. These initiatives are just one example of multiple efforts directed at building a unified approach for attracting, training, and retaining students in STEM fields and to articulate a seamless transition for a continuum of education that will fortify technical education for the new decade.

Dimitriu, D. G., & Fariabi, S., & Dimitriu, S. D., & Baker, L. M. (2019, June), Bridging the Gap: Two-Year Colleges at the Crossroads between High Schools and Universities in STEM Education Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32477

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