FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (February 7, 2018) – The Broward College Nursing Program has been named a winner of the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation.
Broward College will receive an award of $50,000 and is among eight exceptional community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), recognized for providing outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology. Half of this award will be allocated for further program development, and half will be allocated as scholarships to students, known as Siemens Technical Scholars.
"This inaugural award will assist with our continued investments in our nursing program," said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. "Healthcare is one of the most in-demand professions in our region and our graduates in this field are recognized among the best. This grant will provide some program-specific support as well as support to some selected students."
Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations. Community colleges like Broward College are playing a huge role in working to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate's degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.
"Community college STEM programs are a strong pathway to job security and financial success for many students — whether that means heading right into a great paying job or getting a more advanced degree," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "This award recognizes the colleges that provide an excellent STEM education and develop talent from every community."
The Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award committee identified exemplary community college STEM programs, like Broward College that deliver exceptional training for jobs that require strong STEM technical skills, some college hands-on training, and a postsecondary credential below the four-year degree – known as middle-skill jobs – in areas ranging from advanced manufacturing and energy to information technology and healthcare.
As part of the award, Broward College will help select students in partnership with the Aspen Institute to be recognized as a Siemens Technical Scholar and to receive a scholarship of between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt. The Siemens Technical Scholars program recognizes an exceptional group of diverse students from across the country who demonstrates the rewarding careers and opportunity that result from completing an excellent STEM program. These Scholars will share their stories with other young adults to demonstrate the economic opportunity available in STEM middle-skill jobs.
About Broward College:
Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.