ABOUT THE STEM ACADEMY
The Mercer County Technical School District launched a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy in September 2015. This full-time, 4-year high school program is possible through the award of a $300,000 county vocational partnership grant from the New Jersey Department of Education.
The STEM Academy, a partnership with Mercer County Community College, provides Mercer County high school students with academically challenging and highly technical curriculum including Project Lead The Way, an activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum. Students are working toward the completion of college credits and industry credentials while in high school.
The district’s decision to focus on STEM is a direct result of occupational outlook data and anecdotal evidence provided by local business partners. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022.
Student learning is enhanced through key business partnerships allowing for multiple workplace readiness and experiential learning opportunities. In this specialized learning environment, students will apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.
Eligible applicants must be current 8th graders with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.