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BC students named as Siemens Technical Scholars

BC students named as Siemens Technical Scholars

Mon Oct 26, 2015
Three Brazosport College students were recently named as inaugural Siemens Technical Scholars  by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation.

Scholars were chosen from programs at the nation’s top community colleges, all of which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and information technology.

Brazosport College students Angel Alvarez, Emily Grimes and Angela Munoz will receive scholarships between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt.

Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations, and a large share of these jobs are in manufacturing and healthcare industries. Community colleges are a lynchpin to meeting this demand: More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.

The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee identified exemplary programs at top colleges named finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, like Brazosport College that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs in areas ranging from power plant technology to healthcare.

Brazosport College  was named as a Top 10 finalist for the biennial $1.1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2013 and 2015, and recognized as a top performing institution for helping students be successful in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.