The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

According to a report on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, increasing opportunities for young Americans to gain strong STEM skills is essential if the United States intends to continue its remarkable record of success in science and innovation. (National Science and Technology Council, 2013)

STEM education is responsible for numerous advances. From mapping the human genome, discovering water on Mars, or developing the Internet, these accomplishments would not have been possible without a skilled and creative STEM workforce.

Science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge and skills are in greater demand as the United States confronts a fiercely competitive international marketplace where the advantage goes to companies that are the first to invent and produce innovative products.

Fewer than 40 percent of students who major in a STEM field actually graduate with a STEM degree. Only 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate degrees are awarded in STEM fields.

Our Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) proudly presents itself as a possible solution to this complex problem.

Benefits of our Concurrent Enrollment Program

  • Our high school instructors are credentialed by the disciplined colleges and meet the academic departments’ requirements for teaching the Embry-Riddle course.
  • All high school classes are catalogued courses with the same departmental designations, course descriptions, numbers, titles and credits as the courses offered at the Daytona Beach campus.
  • Students will save time and money with Embry-Riddle concurrent enrollment.
  • Tuition and books are FREE!
  • Courses are taught on the high school campus and follow the high school schedule.
  • Embry-Riddle faculty members visit the participating high schools to ensure that the Embry-Riddle courses offered reflect the courses that are offered on campus.
  • Connections to successful industry certifications and completion of the program.
  • Easier transition into college.
  • Embry-Riddle’s concurrent enrollment program offers a $2,000 scholarship, per year, to students who enroll at Embry-Riddle.
  • Individual Student Course Transfer Agreement (ISCTA) allows students to complete two years of study at their local community college before transferring to Embry-Riddle.

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Colleen Conklin
Executive Director, Assistant Professor, Aeronautical Science Department