DC Area Community College STEM Students to Gain Access to Opportunities and Mentors

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SANTA CRUZ, CA— The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will celebrate the role of community colleges in preparing minority students for STEM careers at Community College Day. Community College Day is a key event at the 2015 SACNAS Diversity in STEM Conference – the nation’s largest STEM diversity meeting bringing together thousands of scientists, students and STEM professionals in Washington at at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, October 29 – 31.

As President Obama outlined in his bold plan for tuition free community college, community colleges are more important now than ever before. By the year 2020 35% of job openings will require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Community colleges play an especially important role for the Hispanic and Native American communities as 57% of all Hispanic undergraduates and 61% of Native American undergraduates begin their education at a community college. Ensuring that underrepresented minority students are armed with the tools to attend and succeed at community college is a crucial step toward increasing diversity in STEM fields as a whole.

Panels and activities will be aimed at inspiring and empowering community college students to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a degree in STEM. Community College Day will work toward leveling the playing field for D.C. area first generation college students of color by providing attendees networking opportunities, mentoring, and professional development to advance in their education—tools that individuals in the college going culture already have.

Approximately 100 students from Northern Virginia Community College, Montgomery Community College, Harford Community College and Germanna Community College will be in attendance.

Media representatives are invited to attend all events surrounding the SACNAS National Conference. Press registration can be found here.

WHO: Dr. Antonia Franco, SACNAS Executive Director, Students, STEM Professionals

WHAT: SACNAS Community College Day

WHEN: 11:30 AM- 5PM, Wednesday, October 28th

WHERE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Maryland

To learn more about the need for affordable, accessible community college follow along on Twitter @SACNAS and #headsupAmerica.

For more information on the 2015 SACNAS National Conference click here. BE_bug_web

 

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