"Community colleges provide an essential stepping stone for a large range of demographics. Enrolling 35% of undergraduates and having enrolled 49% of bachelor's recipients, community colleges develop the skills to craft scientists, engineers, doctors, scientific literates, and technicians (Ginder et al., 2019; National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2017). According to a report of US students in 1999 and 2000 by J. Tsapogas (2004), half of baccalaureate science and engineering graduates and one-third of master's recipients had enrolled at a community college. By the year 2018, it was predicted that 12.3% of STEM jobs will be held by associate degree holders (Carnevale et al., 2017). For the one half of students who are first-generation, the concept of and requirements for transferring to a four-year college are foreign (Gardner, 1996). Preparing community college students to transfer to four-year colleges and/or the workforce is essential, as these students are predicted to represent large percentages of the upcoming workforce" (Pawloski and Shabram, "Building Engagement in STEM Through Career Courses at Two-Year Institutions," Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019).
Topics discussed will include: (1) The state of geography at two-year colleges. (2) Ways that two-year and four-year (and graduate) schools have successfully partnered to expand geography enrollments. (3) Research and professional internship opportunities targeting community college students. (4) How two-year and four-year institutions can work together moving forward.
|Discussant||Patrick Shabram Front Range Community College||15|
|Discussant||Jacqueline Housel Sinclair College||15|
|Panelist||Blake Mayberry Red Rocks Community College||15|
|Panelist||Victoria Hodson Columbia College||15|
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