STEM and Aviation Academies
CCBC continues to develop preparatory programs, known as academies, in partnership with local and national companies, targeting juniors and seniors in high school with five dual enrollment offerings that include Health, Aviation, Criminal Justice, STEM, and the Mascaro Construction Academy.
Shell has made the largest corporate investment, contributing $1 million to support training and scholarships that will contribute to the shared mission of recruiting and training a diverse and skilled local workforce for careers available at the Potter Township ethane cracker plant and throughout the regional petrochemicals industry. Students who participate in the STEM Academy are eligible to receive scholarships from Shell in the amount of $2,500.
American Airlines has also partnered with CCBC and provided $50,000 in grant funding to support outreach activities and technology acquisition. Additionally, American Airlines supports the college by attending recruitment events at the request of CCBC.
We continually increase the matriculation rate of students who participate in the academies to post-secondary education or the military.
AIM for the Future Fridays
Sponsored by the Grable Foundation, these one-day events invite students from regional districts to visit CCBC to learn about STEM career opportunities and educational offerings at the college throughout the fall and spring semesters. The events also serve as a recruiting tool for the High School Academies. With a $10,000 grant from the Grable Foundation, over 500 students have been able to participate in the AIM for the Future program.
Corporate Curriculum Input
The catalyst for the STEM and Aviation Academies were business needs. Both Shell and American Airlines contacted CCBC to begin a preparation program for careers within their companies and the curriculum was created with employer input to prepare students to go directly into the local workforce.
Faculty members engage directly with students in the academies over the course of the 2 years and those relationships are paramount to student success. Faculty not only provides consistency and support for the academies, but they often times connect with parents and other faculty to provide wrap around support for students to stay connected during the program and after graduation.
The Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) is leading an initiative to target high school student preparation for post-secondary matriculation and careers. University leadership has prioritized creating additional guided pathways for students from the area into high demand careers. After receiving a $1.5 million dollar gift from Lincoln Learning Solutions in 2015, CCBC continues to develop preparatory programs, also known as academies, in partnership with local and national companies.