NJ Community College Strategic Partnership
   
NJ Community College Strategic Partnership Stevens Institute of Technology
  Funded by the State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury With special thanks to Speaker of the Assembly Albio Sires  


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Project Overview
Community colleges are fast becoming a critical segment impacting on the K-12 arena. An estimated 20 percent of those who go on to become K-12 teachers are educated at community colleges, with over 40 percent of all teachers completing some or all of their science and mathematics coursework at two-year colleges.

Sponsored by the State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury, the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology and the following six New Jersey County Colleges are collaborating on two synergistic and complementary initiatives, both aimed at improving the pool and capabilities of New Jersey’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce: Burlington County College, Camden County College, Essex County College, Middlesex County College, Hudson County Community College, and Mercer County Community College.

Initiative #1 is a faculty training program that focuses on improving teaching and learning in P-12 science, mathematics, and technology in collaboration with the above mentioned six New Jersey County Colleges. This effort aims to infuse dynamic, research-based teaching methods—those that utilize Internet-based real world data—into the preservice education of New Jersey’s teachers in order to increase student interest and achievement in science and mathematics in P-12. It leverages resources developed through previous federal and State of New Jersey programs to train faculty and students to embrace and replicate these instructional approaches and student outcomes.

Initiative #2 will create and disseminate educational materials and methodologies to foster student creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship related to new technology development. This initiative is based in the distinctive educational environment at Stevens Institute of Technology as Technogenesis®, in which students and faculty are empowered through research and education to create, develop and commercialize new technologies and processes that can be applied to a need-driven marketplace.

Both initiatives, therefore, build capacity within our state’s P-20 educational system to improve teaching and learning in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology; catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship in order to build an infrastructure to create, design, and commercialize new technologies; and thereby enhance quality of life and strengthen the economy of New Jersey.

 

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