Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Career Doesn't Fall Far from the STEM

Representatives from PECO present Montgomery County Community College with a $15,000 grant for student scholarships to Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering Innovations Summer Program. From left: Dr. David Brookstein, dean, STEM, MCCC; Dr. Karen Borgsmiller, director of Engineering Innovation, Center for Educational Outreach, JHU; Frank Wellman, senior account manager, PECO; Dr. Karen A. Stout, president, MCCC; Craig L. Adams, Exelon, president and CEO, PECO; Frank J. Jiruska, director, Energy and Marketing Services, PECO; Suzanne Ryan, regional external affairs manager, PECO; and Dr. Vidya Nandikolla, Engineering Innovation instructor, JHU.

Blogger's Note: The following from Alana Mauger, our friend over at Montgomery County Community College

Montgomery County Community College and the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering (JHU-WSE) have entered into an agreement to bring the JHU-WSE Engineering Innovation (EI) Summer Program to MCCC. EI is an intensive summer course designed to introduce high school students to the field of engineering.

Developed by JHU faculty, the program is designed to help high school students develop the skills to think and problem solve like engineers through lab activities in computer engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, civil engineering, robotics and mechanical engineering. 

Students who successfully complete the program with a grade of A or B will receive three transferable college credits from JHU.

“Engineering Innovation builds on the College’s commitment to re-energize our STEM programs by building entrepreneurial pathways that introduce students to careers in STEM and help them navigate their way to a baccalaureate degree,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president, MCCC.

MCCC received a $15,000 grant from PECO that will provide scholarships to offset the cost of tuition, which is $2,200, for eligible students.

“We are proud to partner with MCCC to help increase interest in the engineering field and are pleased that our support helps underserved youth participate in this program,” said Craig L. Adams, president and CEO, PECO. 
 “MCCC consistently adapts their programs to help fit the needs of the changing community. We are thrilled that they are working with JHU to develop our future workforce in such a critical field,” Adams said.

“We deeply appreciate PECO’s continued support of the College’s programs that support the educational attainment of youth and young adults in Montgomery County,” Stout said. “The impact of STEM programs, like Engineering Innovation, will make a significant difference in our community workforce for years to come.”

Engineering Innovation at MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 1-26. 

The program will culminate on July 26 with activity that tests the strength of bridges students will build as part of their final project. Space is limited to 24 students.

To participate in the program, students should have completed algebra II, have knowledge of trigonometry, and taken one of the lab science courses (chemistry, physics, and/or biology). 

Students wishing to apply need to complete an online application and 250-word essay, and must submit most recent standardized test scores, a letter of recommendation and official high school transcripts. 

Full details are available online at

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