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How are STEM and CTE defined at PCC?

Ever since STEM entered the national lexicon, educators and policy makers have struggled to define which academic fields and occupations qualify as a STEM. Recognizing this challenge, the US Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, the US Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation and numerous other Federal agencies participated in a work-group formed by the National Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) Policy Committee to develop a list of commonly agreed upon STEM occupations. The work-group reviewed existing definitions of STEM occupations, such as those used by academic or policy bodies, and narrowed the array of definitions into a commonly agreed upon list of standard occupations and fields.

PCC Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) courses were mapped to the STEM occupations identified by the National SOC Policy Committee. The following 50 PCC CTE programs are now considered STEM:

PCC CTE and STEM degrees and certificates
  • Accelerated Accounting
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Architectural Design & Drafting
  • Architectural Design & Drafting Residential
  • Architectural Sustainable Design
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Powerplant
  • Biomedical Engineering Electronic Tech
  • Bioscience Technology
  • Building Construction Technology Design/Build Remodeling
  • CET Green Technology & Sustainability
  • CIS Database Design and SQL
  • CIS Health Informatics
  • CIS NET ADM Linux Server
  • CIS NET ADM Linux/Unix Network Security
  • CIS NET ADM Microsoft Server
  • CIS NET ADM Windows Network Security
  • CIS Network Administration (NET ADM)
  • CIS Oracle and SQL
  • CIS VB NET ADM Application Programming
  • CIS Web Application Development
  • Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
  • Computer Aided Design & Drafting
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Design for Accessibility and Aging in Place
  • Early Childhood Education
  • EET Renewable Energy Systems
  • EET Wireless & Data Communication Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Mechatronics/Auto/Robotic
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Medical Services Technician
  • Fitness Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Gerontology End of Life Care and Support
  • Graphic Design
  • Landscape Technology
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • MET Green Technology & Sustainability
  • Microelectronics Technology (MT)
  • MT Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Radiography
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Website Development and Design

PCC STEM faculty and CTE contacts

STEM faculty contacts
STEM faculty
Subject Campus FDC Dean
Biology RC Kevin Lien Betsy Julian
Biology CA Sandy Neps Alyson Lighthart
Biology SY Linda Fergusson-Kolmes and Marilyn Thomas Dieterich Steinmetz
Biology SE Elizabeth Rodrigues Laura Horani
Chemistry RC Gabriele Backes Betsy Julian
Chemistry CA Ken Friedrich Alyson Lighthart
Chemistry SY Patty Maazouz Dieterich Steinmetz
Chemistry SE Mike Mackel Laura Horani
CIS SY Scott Quinn and Dan Dougherty Charmagne Ehrenhaus
CS SY Doug Jones Charmagne Ehrenhaus
CS RC Walter Morales Betsy Julian
Engineering SY Mike Farrell Dieterich Steinmetz
ESR RC Valance Brenneis Betsy Julian
ESR CA Tony Zable Alyson Lighthart
ESR SY Linda Fergusson-Kolmes and Marilyn Thomas Dieterich Steinmetz
ESR SE Mike Mackel and Eriks Puris Laura Horani
Geology/GS RC Laura Fellman Betsy Julian
Geology/GS CA Tony Zable Alyson Lighthart
Geology/GS SY Patty Maazouz Dieterich Steinmetz
Geology/GS SE Mike Mackel and Eriks Puris Laura Horani
Math RC Jerry Kissick and Henry Mesa Irene Giustini
Math CA Virginia Somes and Michael Marciniak Alyson Lighthart
Math SY Ronda Lively and Steve Simonds Gregg Meyer
Math SE Cara Lee Laura Horani
Physics RC Laura Fellman Betsy Julian
Physics CA Tony Zable Alyson Lighthart
Physics SY Patty Maazouz Dieterich Steinmetz
Physics SE Mike Mackel Laura Horani
CTE contacts
CTE contact information
Subject Campus FDC Dean
Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) RC Marshall Pryor Irene Giustini
Aviation Science RC Larry Altree Irene Giustini
Building Construction Technology (BCT) RC Shannon Baird and Kirk Garrison Karen Sanders
Bioscience Technology RC Kendra Hill Betsy Julian
Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) SE Justin Mortenson Laura Horani
Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (CE/ME) Technology SY Tara Nelson Dieterich Steinmetz
Dental Department SY Josette Beach TBD
Diesel Technology RC Russ Dunnington Irene Giustini
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) SY Sanda Williams Dieterich Steinmetz
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) CA Dennese Kelsay John Saito
Fitness Technology SY Tanya Littrell TBD
Machine Manufacturing Technology SY Pat Kraft Gregg Meyer
Medical Imaging/Radiology SY Virginia Vanderford TBD
Microelectronics RC Eric Kirchner Betsy Julian
Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) CA Ana Sacramento John Saito
Multimedia CA Beth Fitzgerald Dan Wenger
Music & Sonic Arts CA Sarah Gaskins Dan Wenger
Nursing SY Peggy Sherer TBD
Ophthalmic Medical Technology (OMT/MP) CA Joanne Harris John Saito
Vet Tech RC Brad Krohn Betsy Julian
PCC STEM enrollment
Enrollment in PCC STEM programs and courses from both areas
Area of Study Students
CTE STEM Degrees and Certificates (50) 2011-12 Enrollment 5,291
LDC Completed STEM Course Sequences 2009-2010 3,836
Total 9,127

Based on this methodology, PCC served 9,132 STEM students.

Potential STEM students

PCC has also defined a pipeline of potential STEM students that includes students enrolled in one of three areas: 1) LDC STEM gateway courses, 2) below-100 level math (pre-college levels) courses, and 3) 100-level science classes. The table below lists the individual LDC STEM Gateway courses:

For Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) courses, PCC used the STEM major fields of study identified by the Department of Commerce and National Science Foundation to determine course sequences at PCC which are commonly taken or required prior to enrollment in one of the above programs. The following LDC course sequences indicated concentration in STEM studies:

PCC LDC STEM Course Sequences
  • Biology – 211, 212, 213
  • Math – 251, 252 OR Math – 254, 256, 261
  • Chemistry – 221,222,223
  • Computer Science – 250, 251
  • Physics – 211, 212, 213
  • Geology – 201, 202, 203
  • Engineering – 211, 212, 213 OR Engineering – 221, 222, 223
  • Environmental Studies 160, 201, 202

Consequently, PCC’s potential STEM pipeline enrollment is as follows:

Potential STEM pipeline student enrollment
Area of Study # Students
Enrolled in LDC STEM Gateway Courses 12,299
Enrolled 2011-12 in Below-100 Level Math (pre-college levels) 30,195
Enrolled 2011-12 in Science (classes below 200 level STEM gateway) 14,544
Total 57,038