Posts Tagged ‘STEM Careers’

Sac Bee: Mechatronics students find STEM jobs

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

In the February 12, Sacramento Bee article, Mechanical teacher has many busy grads, Cathie Anderson reports that Sierra College students in the Mechatronics program are finding excellent career opportunities in a variety of STEM businesses. She writes:

“Sierra’s program is one of only about 10 in the nation, Halbern says, and it stands virtually alone when it comes to placing students in such a range of industries.

They can work on machines that build wafers, on the equipment that puts a ring just within an acrobat’s grasp, on locomotive controls, ski lifts, automobiles, traffic lights, ATMs, escalators, elevators, self-checkout kiosks, gas pumps….” Read more of the article at the Sac Bee:

Students can learn more about opportunities in Mechatronics by watching this movie – Sierra College Mechatronics: STUDENTS Learn Real Skills for Real Jobs or going to

Through the Sierra STEM Collaborative, the Sierra College Mechatronics faculty have been very helpful to local high school programs that prepare students for STEM education and careers.

Atlantic: Community Colleges Essential to Boost STEM Workforce

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The Altantic reports: Boosting STEM Education at Community Colleges on July 8.

“A 2011 report about STEM workforce needs (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University indicates that by 2018, 92 percent of STEM workers will need post-secondary education.

Of that total, around 65 percent will need a Bachelor’s degree or higher, while 35 percent will be comprised of those with sub-baccalaureate training. The breakdown in qualifications making up that 35 percent: 1 million Associate’s degrees; 745,000 professional certificates; and 760,000 industry-based certifications.”

… “Clearly, America’s community colleges are an essential part of bolstering the STEM workforce, and many of them are endeavoring to build and strengthen their STEM offerings based on current and projected industry needs.” … read more at

Colfax Record: Engineers in Training

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor, wrote Engineers in training at Colfax High on May 24 about the Weimar Hills students’ experience building Sierra College CACT Tech-Explorer catapults.

From the article: “Teachers and administrators hope a recent visit to Colfax High School will catapult Weimar Hills Elementary School students into technical careers. On May 15, the eighth-graders were introduced to design, engineering and manufacturing concepts at the Tech-Explorer event in the classroom of Jonathan Schwartz, Colfax High math and pre-engineering teacher. Students used lathes, mills and other power and hand tools to build and assemble catapults.

The event was made possible through a Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Collaborative Grant from Sierra College. The program not only introduces students to Colfax High, it also aims to make them aware of opportunities in high-paid local careers and education paths at Sierra College in mechatronics, engineering, welding, energy technology and drafting and engineering support.

Schwartz said the Weimar Hills students first worked on their math skills using the fraction contraption, a game Schwartz developed as a tool for learning math. Last week, the 60-plus students spent the day in Schwartz’s classroom building catapults out of aluminum and wood. ‘They used all sorts of shop tools from a mill to a metal lathe, they got a taste of the high school … and they got an introduction into pre-engineering,’ Schwartz said. …” Read more on the Colfax Record


Sierra College STEM member helped with new career site

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Chris Hinderman, Sierra STEM Collaborative team member and Career Advisor, contributed to the new California Career Center web site. Chris contributed “time and expertise during the California Career Center field review process.”

The new site is “focused on resources for students but also contains resources for counselors, parents, teachers, in short, anyone interested in developing the career self-management skills….” There are many links for assessing your interests, exploring careers, finding the education path, getting better at money management and looking for a job.

Loomis News: Grant catapults Del Oro students

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Check out the 1/19/2012 issue of the Loomis News Grant catapults Del Oro students to see how Del Oro High School students are exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and benefiting from a partnership with the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT). The students built Tech-Explorer catapults in a hands-on learning experience that introduces product development careers.

DOT Diva inspires girls to consider computing careers

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The mission of DOT Diva is to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls. Girls can explore their passions and relate them to careers as well as check out profiles of women passionate about their work in computing for a wide variety of industries.

A nationwide survey revealed that not only do the majority of girls think of computing as “boring” and “hard,” but they believe it fails to deliver two crucial benefits: “working with others” and “making a difference in other people’s lives.” DOT Diva’s ultimate goal is to transform this negative perception.

Read a summary of DOT Diva’s research, New Image for Computing: Report on Market Research (PDF)

Dot Diva / New Image for Computing is produced by WGBH Educational Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) with fuding from the National Science Foundation and Google.

Career Cruising introduces STEM Careers

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Five high schools that have been provided a Career Cruising license though the Sierra STEM Collaborative grant report that many students are using the program to explore careers.

In the first quarter of FY 2011-12:

  • 1,761 students researched Sierra College programs
  • 1,502 students researched Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers

STEM Career Exploration – Engineering for Girls

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Engineer Your Life is a guide to engineering careers for high school girls.  Women tell their stories about what attracted them to Engineering careers in Meet Inspiring Women. Making it Happen helps students develop their own education plan. There are also links for finding a job, parents, counselors, engineers and middle school girls (National Academy of Sciences Engineer Girl).  

It was produced with funding from The National Science Foundation and Northrop Grumman Foundation. Additional funding provided by Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr and the United Engineering Foundation (ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, AIME).

Sierra College Community Job Fair Nov. 4

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Sierra College will host a Fall Community Job Fair, Employer Panel & Resume Critique on Friday Nov. 4, 2011 at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Road Building J Student Center Cafeteria (Parking is free).

 “What Employers Want” is an Employer Panel Presentation at 12:30 pm in the Fireside Room in Student Center Building J. Come meet and learn first-hand from a panel of local employers including:

  • Vision Services Plan (VSP) Elayna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter/ VSP Global.
  • Union Pacific – Bruce A. McConnell, Sourcing Manager, HR Training and Development – Senior Mechanical Instructor and Matthew Jordan, HR Training and Development – Senior Mechanical Instructor for the Mechanical Car Dept.
  • The Sacramento Kings – Charles Gunn, Recruiting Coordinator
  • – John Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
  • California Employers Association – Daniela Devitt, Director Outreach Programs

Job and Career Fair: 1:00-4:00 pm in Sierra College Cafeteria Building J. Come and meet with local employers who are hiring. Bring your resume and dress appropriately! 

“Resume Critique” 1:00-3:00 pm Cafeteria Alcove Meet with local professionals for a resume critique and tips for success 

Sponsored by: Sierra College Career Connections, Gold County Media, Placer County, Golden Sierra WIB and Connections

McKinsey Report: US not producing enough STEM graduates

Friday, October 7th, 2011

McKinsey Global Institute published “An Economy that Works: Job Creation & America’s Future” in June 2011. According to the report, the challenge is the need for “21 million jobs by 2020 to return to full employment.” Manufacturing is one sector that is highlighted as a source on jobs (pg. 1). The study reports that too few people are selecting specialized technical training and education in fields such as welding and engineering (pg. 2). Part of the problem is that in “the next decade, the United States will produce twice as many graduates in business and social studies as in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — further exacerbating the shortage of qualified candidates for technical jobs….” (pg. 5). Part of the problem is that “Students lack a clear picture of which jobs to prepare themselves for.” (pg. 7)

Sierra College offers Engineering, Engineering Support & Drafting, Energy Technology, Welding, Mechatronics and many other Career Technical Education programs.