The MOC/FV School District, Unity Christian High School, and Northwest Iowa Community College launched the STEM Career & College Academy to help students seeking degrees in certain areas on Friday. STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.” Nearly 50 educators and business leaders were on hand.
Reynolds says the emphasis on these areas benefits the whole community, and she urged businesses to rally behind the effort.
The new Academy is the result of collaboration between the three educational institutions to address the shortage of high school graduates seeking 4-year college degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. It will also address the need to further develop a skilled workforce. Educators hope to open the academy to high school juniors and seniors in the fall. They say the focus will be on hands-on experiences.
It was also pointed out that educators need to do a better job of teaching students about the jobs available in this area, so they aren’t under the impression that they need to leave the area to find a good science or technology job.