Propelling STEM into the future at Christensen Shipyards
More than 150 people gathered inside the Christensen Shipyards warehouse in Vancouver flanked by a pair of three-story-high yachts to have their DNA tested or taste hot ice cream during an interactive event that demonstrated how Clark College is preparing students for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The gathering showed local businesspeople how Clark matches the community’s workforce needs with training, education and internships in these fields. “It’s vitally important that the community and Clark College work together to provide an educated workforce to meet the 17,000 jobs that regional economists predict will require education in STEM by 2015,” says Clark College President Robert K. Knight. The event was part of the Ensuring a Bright Future: Campaign for Clark College. Funds raised during the campaign are aimed at enhancing scholarships, faculty professional development, technology infrastructure, STEM and dental hygiene education.