Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez presented at the 2015 U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference on June 29 in San Diego.
Hernandez presented during the session, “Community Colleges: STEM’s Secret Weapon,” alongside Jerome S. Parker, president of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania.
The theme of the conference was, “Teach, Inspire, Hire: Discovering and Growing America’s Diverse Talent Pool,” with a special emphasis on helping underrepresented populations and underserved communities.
Dr. Hernandez spoke on the following points:
the Smarter Balance Assessment and the partnership with K-12 on the common core state standards, the value of the partnership, and the importance of preparing K-12 students for STEM educational/career opportunities;
STEM initiatives such as modular math courses, streamlining Edmonds Community College’s pre-college pathways, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), Relationships in Science Education (RiSE);
opportunities to seek federal grants to assist in developing strong curriculum and further partnerships, and
the work Edmonds Community College has done focusing on students, and having excellent faculty and staff who make students a priority.
“Edmonds CC recognizes the value of community partnerships with K-12, other colleges and universities, and industry in creating a strong, viable STEM network in Snohomish County,” Hernandez said. “We are only as strong as the network we create!”