This article appeared in a November 2017 issue of the student newsletter.
If you’re a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) student, you'll have a lot of job opportunities after you get your degree.
Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a network that could connect you with the people and resources you need to know?
Enter the DCCCD STEM Institute.
Actually, the institute has been around since 2009. So more accurately, enter Dr. Jason Treadway. Dr. Treadway began working with the district in October as director of the STEM Institute and he's hit the ground running.
“I describe it like this: The STEM Institute isn't a brick and mortar type thing, like how you would think of a traditional institute,” says Dr. Treadway. “It’s more of a collective network. The STEM League, STEM Network and STEM Insight are all part of the institute.”
So what can you expect from the institute?
The STEM Institute casts a wide net, covering everything from the engineering industry to the automotive industry and even areas of interest for art majors. It's designed to support and encourage you once you've chosen to pursue a STEM career.
And that’s just a small part of it.
As part of the STEM Institute, the STEM League gives you information on STEM scholarships, co-curricular events and chances for you to network with people in the industry.
You’ll also get access to coaching that can improve your chances in finding a job in your chosen STEM field.
The STEM League also connects you to events, organizations and universities throughout North Texas.
“The STEM League is essentially promoting scholarships, events, networking opportunities and coaching from faculty and staff,” says Dr. Treadway.
The only requirements are that you need to be enrolled in at least six hours with a focus on a STEM field.
Easy enough, right?
You can apply to join the league through eConnect, and if you have any questions, make sure you contact Dr. Treadway.
When you're ready to see what your career pathway may look like, visit the STEM Insight website.
The site features career information, education requirements, demand for STEM jobs and expected job growth.
And of course, you can check what we’re all here for: how much does the job pay.
You will also have access to a calendar of local STEM events, and a chance to get to know people in the field.
The site not only gives you access to numerous STEM companies and their websites in one place, but you can gather the ones specific to your goals on your own dashboard.
If you're thinking you still want more, you can apply to become a STEM Ambassador.
The STEM Ambassadors are paid part-time to support the institute and help promote the STEM Inisight website.
The STEM Ambassadors has a capacity of about 20 students and you must go through an interview process before joining the team.
With so many opportunities for students, Dr. Treadway focuses on making connections across the district and the North Texas community.
“This is my third week, so one of the things that I’m doing is going around to each of the colleges and making sure that I know who to go to. We’ll eventually start working with the colleges to make sure we can better connect with students about the STEM Institute.”
Since coming aboard, Dr. Treadway and his team have held many outreach events. Right now, there are about 200 students in the STEM League, and the team is excited to see that number grow.
“We want to grow this, and we want to reach thousands of individuals,” says Dr. Treadway. “We want to make sure that it's a vibrant and active organization. We know that everyone can come to everything, but we want this to be a dynamic thing, so there's always something going on.”