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STEM Program

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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The demand for skilled workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is becoming increasingly important because in our 21st century global economy, most jobs will require a basic understanding of math and science. It is important that students explore the options that will open for them when they pursue STEM fields of study. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators.

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Learn More About STEM

To learn more about OJC's STEM program, visit the STEM Degree page, STEM Support page, the STEM Camp page or read more about the program details below.

Why STEM?

  • STEM skilled workers can earn 17% more than non-STEM skilled workers. The demand for those skilled workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics has become increasingly important in our global economy.
  • STEM education creates critical thinkers; it increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.
  • Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy.

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Our Mission

  • Encourage and inspire more of our best and brightest students, especially those from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups to study in the STEM fields.
  • Increase resources available in STEM classrooms and other campus-wide learning environments.
  • Provide student support services in remediation and retention in STEM fields.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local school districts and Colorado institutions of higher learning.
  • Improve the content knowledge and professional skills of the STEM faculty.

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Careers and Job Outlook for STEM Fields

*2012
Field Median Yearly Pay* Median Hourly Pay* Degree Type Number of Jobs* Job Outlook, 2012-22
Biological Technicians $39,750 per year $19.11 per hour Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree 80,200 10%
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $34,070 per year 16.38 per hour Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree 25,900 3%
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians $41,240 per year $19.83 per hour Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree 32,800 19%
Forensic Science Technicians $52,840 per year $25.41 per hour Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree 12,900 6%
Biomedical Engineers $86,960 per year $41.81 per hour Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree 19,400 27%
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