Discipline: Mathematics & Statistics
Subcategory: STEM Research
- Lawson State Community College
Co-Author(s): Sharon Crews
The Lawson State Community College Center of Excellence in STEM Innovation and Workforce Development (LSCC-CESIWD) provides college-wide leadership, training, and support for all activities in alignment with STEM career pathways: laboratory and educational research, policy, and workforce development. The center’s mission “promoting student access, success, and career placement in STEM and related disciplines by supporting academic and internship opportunities; deepening student and faculty engagement in college-wide STEM activities; strengthening innovation and collaborations to advance STEM preparation for post-secondary students and faculty; and, developing and supporting exemplary practices in STEM education at the two-year college level.” More specifically the goals of the of the center include: Goal 1: identifying, disseminating and propagating STEM instructional, enrichment, and learning best practices; Goal 2: analyze institutional, state, regional, national, and internationally representative data sets informing existing literature regarding STEM career pathways and trends; Goal 3: Leverage funding and resources to support the center’s programs, activities, STEM instructional strategies, and learning methodologies. Lawson State’s Center for Excellence in STEM Research and Workforce Development consist of a coalition of STEM stakeholders committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM career paths. The CESTEM, supported through the leveraging of state, federal, corporate, and community resources, implements, disseminates, and propagates innovative instructional strategies, best practices, research, and STEM policy. In addition, the CESTEM provides vision and organization for STEM and high-academic achievement related programs. The CESTEM consist of STEM faculty, community, corporate, and legislative stakeholders, supporting a consensus of best practices, policy forecast, and strategic planning models to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM career pathways throughout Alabama and the Southeast.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): The National Science Foundation
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,