STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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Interest, Career Detail and STEM Development
Parents are encouraged to use the links provided to discuss STEM career information with their child. Experts on STEM career development have discovered that, while increasing interest is important, awareness of career detail is essential for students to develop realistic, robust STEM career plans.
Take an assessment and view information and links for the corresponding clusters -Biomedical (Health) Sciences, Engineering or Information Technology - at the Stafford County Public Schools 16 Career Clusters Web Page.
The 16 Career Clusters system is used by middle and high school counseling departments to assist students in educational planning. This web page provides many connections to online resources that will allow students to explore and weigh their options. Career Clusters can help high school students make elective choices that complement their academic requirements while giving them experiences that build toward college and career success. For a career assessment based on the 16 Career Clusters, Click here.
Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT) is a state-approved Governor’s STEM Academy. STAT is a four-year college-prep program of study utilizing integrated hands-on, project-based instruction focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career areas. (STEM includes medical fields). The STAT instructional team includes teachers from sciences, technology, English, and mathematics. STAT is open to rising ninth graders on an application basis. The program is half-day. Bus transportation from the base school to the program school is provided.
STAT offers students the advantage of learning in a "cohort" of like-minded students throughout the four-year program. Course content is integrated to create a more coherent learning experience. Students will undertake service-learning projects and partner with mentors in the business community to build a stronger sense of purpose and a firmer commitment to success in college education, while learning about the demands of the workplace. Students will undertake a senior research project.
While STAT serves as an excellent preparation for students who look to careers in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field, it will also help any student develop a powerful foundation for further learning and high-skill employment. The STAT model is designed to go beyond the ordinary high school experience, and cultivate skills essential in the 21st century workplace:
· think creatively and implement innovation
· use systems thinking and solve problems
· communicate clearly and collaborate
· locate, evaluate and manage information
· adapt to change
· work independently
· gain expertise through self-directed learning
· value diversity
· show accountability
· lead and respect others
STAT is designed to help students fulfill their potential in the complex life and work environments of the future.
|Links and Resources|
Stafford Academy for Technology
STAT Application (not available)
STAT Overview brochure
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum for STAT Biomedical Sciences and STAT Engineering
Other STEM Resources
STEM Alliance Explore Magazine
STEM Alliance career resources
Explore STEM careers through on-line games and activities
Virginia FIRST Robotics
SCPS Career Links
R U Ready? (magazine)
Virginia Education Wizard
State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Freshman Profiles for Virginia Colleges and Universities
Germanna Community College Engineering Program (transfer to complete 4-year program)
Germanna Community College Guaranteed Admission Program
My Future, My Way (college planning for middle school students)
|STEM News and Information|
Germanna Community College has a new Science & Engineering Building and Information Commons on the highly accessible Fredericksburg Area Campus (Massaponax area). Germanna offers a variety of STEM-related opportunities, including Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with VT, UVA, and ODU Engineering programs. There are many ways for students to advance toward their STEM future by starting at Germanna. Speak with an admissions counselor at Germanna and and see the state-of-the-art, “green” (LEED Silver-rated) facility!
Would you like to be part of a team that makes tomorrow a better place? Then think about becoming a STEM professional. This is work that repays your heart as well as your mind!
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