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Posted on October 28, 2015

California University of Pennsylvania has been designated a 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, creator of media and resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

Cal U earned the designation based on a survey rating colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools on their ability to connect programs and students with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.

Institutions submitting completed STEM JobsSM Approved surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around four key indicators that demonstrate the extent to which a school works to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects.
  • Promote partnerships that foster STEM literacy and connect classrooms to careers.
  • Ensure coursework and activities have a focus on careers.
  • Promote STEM programs that actively attract and engage under-represented student populations.

“This designation affirms California University’s longstanding focus on STEM programs and its special mission in science and technology,” says Dr. John Kallis, dean of the Eberly College of Science and Technology at Cal U.

“Our career-focused academic programs emphasize fieldwork and hands-on activities that put classroom learning into practice. New programs in mechatronics engineering technology, land management, cybersecurity, “big data” mathematics and other high-demand fields prepare our graduates to compete successfully in a rapidly evolving job market.”

Glen Zollman, vice president of STEM Jobs, says the surveys “help educators evaluate whether they’re meeting the needs of students by employing the kinds of programs that our research shows are most effective in getting students involved in STEM.”

About STEM at Cal U

Cal U offers a wide variety of career-focused undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in STEM fields. Learn more about undergraduate programs in the Eberly College of Science and Technology or degree and professional programs in the School of Graduate Studies and Research.