WHAT: The Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) at NJIT will host its third annual Open House for middle and high school students and parents to learn about the wealth of services and programs available throughout the academic year and summer to enhance college readiness and success, particularly aimed at increasing and diversifying the pipeline in STEM. Due to an overwhelming number of registrations for the event held Jan. 12, 2019, CPCP is offering a second event March 23, 2019. March is also STEM month for the state of New Jersey.
WHEN AND WHERE/AGENDA:
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9 a.m. – Noon
Campus Center Atrium
- 9 a.m. – Noon Saturday and Summer Programs Information Tables
- 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Hands-on Activities (continuous)
- 10:30 a.m. Getting Ready for College Presentation
- 11:30 a.m. NJIT Campus Tour
WHY: A shortage of students interested in and academically prepared to complete STEM-related degrees at the postsecondary level to meet the workforce demands in STEM is a national, state and local issue, particularly for underrepresented populations such as females and minorities. Nationally, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy projected 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018. At the state level, Carnevale, Smith and Melton (2014) projected that 6 percent of all jobs in New Jersey would be STEM-related by 2018. To fulfill NJIT’s four-pronged mission of education, research, economic development and service, the Center for Pre-College Programs continues its commitment to “inspire young minds for college access and success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”
BACKGROUND: Established in 1979, the Center for Pre-College Programs is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the state’s oldest and most successful pre-college programs. CPCP began its annual Open Houses in 2017 to highlight the services and program offerings for rising 4th- through 12th-graders.