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In response to the increased demand for students proficient in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM), River Valley Community College is offering an Associate in Science degree in Mathematics and Science with a concentration in either Mathematics, Biological Science, Physical Science or Engineering. Students will take 32 general education credits and 32 credits specific to the concentration requirements.
The program is dedicated to improving education in STEM fields which are critical for supplying workers to an economy increasingly focused on technology-driven occupations. It will provide a pathway of transfer to STEM majors at four-year institutions while offering a background that allows for a variety of career opportunities in related fields.
STEM will provide the sixth-largest share of job openings in the economy over the next decade (NGA Center for Best Practice, 2011).
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to increases secondary school graduates in STEM professions and produce more STEM skilled workers. The seven community colleges in New Hampshire along with the University of NH, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College, have committed to work together with the NH Department of Education to increase by 50% the number of STEM graduates by 2020 and double that number by 2025.