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Partnership to Boost STEM Transfer Students' Success


Editor's Note:

The STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative at Anne Arundel Community College will be led by Richard Cerkovnik, Ph.D., director of the AACC Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center, who has extensive experience in a variety of STEM disciplines, including program development, instructional technology, teacher preparation and educational research. AACC requested $302,500 to support this project from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2015.

In a letter to University of Maryland Baltimore County Provost Dr. Philip Rous, AACC President Dr. Dawn Lindsay said this collaboration between UMBC, AACC and the other Maryland community colleges “will have a significant impact on the success of transfer students who pursue four-year degrees and careers in STEM disciplines.”

One of AACC’s transfer successes is Roy N. Clark, 28, now a senior at UMBC. Clark transferred two years ago after graduating summa cum laude from AACC in 2011 as a computer science transfer student. He said his experience at AACC with a more personable environment and smaller class sizes helped make him more successful.

“Many of my professors were critical in getting me more involved in this field (STEM),” Clark said. “They got me more interested and motivated for the work and were critical in getting me involved in this field. They showed me what careers are available in this field.”

Clark, who has managed to maintain a 4.0 at both AACC and now UMBC, said he finds STEM very exciting and critical to how people see and experience the world.

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University of Maryland Baltimore County announced yesterday From left, are Richard Cerkovnik, Ph.D., director of the AACC Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center, AACC President Dr. Dawn Lindsay, AACC graduate and now UMBC senior Roy N. Clark and Edward Hall, academic adviser in the AACC Counseling, Advising and Retention Services.
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