STEM Pathways offer students multiple opportunities to explore, prepare for and pursue STEM degrees and careers, expanding the notion that the only pathway to success is through a four-year university. Pathway programs are led and driven by community colleges that function as conduits between high schools, universities and jobs.
These community college-led programs include:
Outreach to K-12 students
Technology-driven academic curriculum that lead students to industry-recognized credentials
Early college options for high school students who earn transferable college credits toward these certifications and degrees.
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All programs are integrated with industry who keep the programs current, offer students real world experiences through outreach programs and internships, and give hiring preferences to students with nationally-recognized credentials. The STEM Pathways program at SFAz is built upon the Engineering Pathway model developed at Cochise College with funding from Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and includes an online STEM Pathways Guide. This Guide is a strategic framework that provides adopters with an easy to use roadmap for researching, planning and implementing STEM Pathway programs. SFAz is collaborating with rural community colleges across Arizona to adopt components of the Pathway into their communities.
Are you interested in learning more? Download the history and sharable Brochure of the Pathways Program here.
Download a printable version of the Pathways Model here.
Download a printable complete expanded version of the Pathways Guide here.
A. STEM EDUCATION OUTREACH AND CAREER EXPLORATION
B. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
C. TRANSFERABLE CERTIFICATIONS AND DEGREES
(Recruitment) Community college-led activities and events that generate enthusiasm and engage student interest in STEM career fields prior to college.
(Retention) Education programs and strategies that improve students' foundational STEM knowledge and skills.
(Workforce) Job experiences and competency-based programs at industry with assessments that align to industry-recognized credentials.
1. STUDENT SUPPORT STRATEGIES
Resources, processes and strategies that encourage student success.
A1. Student-success strategies are incorporated in outreach activities and events that promote STEM career exploration.