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PVCC Can Help You Prepare for a STEM* Career!

*Science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM) are expected to add 2.7 million new jobs by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, yet women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in those fields.

  • STEM Earning Statistics
  • Associate Degree Programs
  • Associate Degree Transfer Programs
  • Stem Abilities and Aptitudes

Workers with associate degrees in STEM fields out-earn 63 percent of people who have bachelor's degrees in other fields. Almost half of workers with bachelor's degrees in STEM fields out-earn workers with Ph.D.'s in other fields, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. (U.S. News and World Report)

See why Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg
encourage students to consider STEM!


 
PVCC Education Programs to Prepare You for STEM Careers Certifications Jobs and Salaries for
PVCC Graduates with an Associate Degree

Electronics and Computer Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Information Systems Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Computer Network and Support Technologies
Career Studies Certificate

For details, contact an advisor in our
Admissions & Advising Center.
Main Building, room M144
434.961.6551 or admissions@pvcc.edu

As you prepare for an associate degree, you also prepare for technology certifications desired by employers: Network+, A+, CWNA, Security+, Linux+ and JAVA.

  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Electronics Technicians
  • General Computer Specialists

Hourly starting wage for these professions in Central Virginia = $13.74-$23.35/hr.
(Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., Apr. 17, 2014.)

 

PVCC Education Programs to Prepare You for STEM Careers Guaranteed Transfer Admission Types of Jobs and Salaries for PVCC Graduates who Transfer and Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Computer Science
Associate of Science Degree
Engineering
Associate of Science Degree
Science
Associate of Science Degree

Each program prepares you for transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree, saving you at least $10,000 by starting at PVCC.

For details, contact an advisor in our
Admissions & Advising Center.
Main Building, room M144
434.961.6551 or admissions@pvcc.edu

With an associate transfer degree from PVCC and certain GPA and credit requirements met, you can qualify for guaranteed transfer admission as a third-year student to most public four-year colleges and universities in Virginia.

  • Computer programmer
  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer system analyst
  • Network and computer system administrator
  • Engineers: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical, environmental, health and safety, material, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum

Hourly starting wage for these professions in Central Virginia = $16.02-$62.07
(Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.)

 

Abilities Associated with STEM Occupations

Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.


Source: STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. A report published by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, October 20, 2011.

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