POTEAU–The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields.
By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.
The Kiamichi Technology Center’s Poteau Campus was recently awarded a $25,000 Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Carl Perkins Summer Bridge Supplemental Grant.
Funding from this grant will be used to provide mini STEM Camps for seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.
The Choctaw Nation Career Development has also volunteered resources to help contribute to the success of these mini-camps. The following mini-camp sessions will be held throughout the year:
- EAST-Environmental and Spatial Technology
- Bio-Medical Science
- Green Technology
There will also be a week long summer camp in June bringing all these area of STEM together. KTC Assistant Director, Michael Culwell, commented, “KTC is excited to bring more STEM opportunities to students in our area. We look forward to collaborating with the Choctaw Nation Career Development as we to continue to bridge the STEM gap in Southeastern Oklahoma.”
The second of these mini-camps will be held December 1st, 2nd, and 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. This mini-camp will focus on Pre-Engineering activities such as the construction of a miniature oil derrick and building a mouse trap powered vehicle. Applications may be obtained from school counselors or by stopping by the Poteau Campus at 1509 South McKenna. Deadline to register is November 14, 2014.
For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at www.ktc.edu. Like their Facebook page at Kiamichi Tech Centers – Poteau. KTC is a member of the state CareerTech system.