STEM Education at PTC
"The future of the economy is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, DC. “That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.”
- Electronics Engineering Technology
- Industrial Instrumentation
- Smart Building Technology
- Computer Programming
- Network Administration
- Network Security & Computer Forensics
- Computer Aided Drafting
- Web Design & Development
- Practical Nursing
- Associate in Science, Nursing
- Surgical Technology
Each of these STEM programs is supported by an extensive array of labs where students receive hands-on instruction using state of the industry equipment.
“We have tailored a substantial part of our curriculum to focus on STEM education,” said Eileen Steffen, Vice President of Education. “But our focus is on the practical aspects of STEM to prepare our graduates for successful careers in STEM-related fields.“ “PTC has many Advisory Boards comprised of STEM-related companies, and we listen to them regularly. They advise us of the specific skills needed in industry and our faculty builds their course content on these needed technical skills.”
Energy Tech Center
The PTC Energy Tech Center is an example of the PTC commitment to STEM education. Built in 2013, the Center features a unique collection of specialized labs such as the Emerson/ECI Lab. This lab is filled with equipment donated by ECI Corporation, a high-tech energy company, and an important PTC partner. In this lab, electronics students use high-tech equipment they will find on the job when they enter many technical careers from energy to manufacturing. This commitment to technology is a hallmark of the PTC career- focused student experience.
Throughout the PTC campus, there are labs where our students benefit from the latest in technology. From the five nursing labs equipped with simulation equipment designed to replicate hundreds of medical situations to computer labs where students use touch-screen design technology to create the latest apps.
The result is students prepared for technical careers and companies looking to hire PTC graduates. “PTC has provided our company with a number of highly skilled professionals,” said Brody Tunno, Director of Energy Operations for Monologh Basin Engineers, a prominent civil engineering firm. “From technicians to field employees, all of our PTC graduates have exceeded our expectations.”
“Overall, STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations” reads an article in Occupational Outlook Quarterly. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall STEM employment to grow about 13% between 2012 and 2022.”*
“Employers tell us that PTC offers the type of technical training they are looking for” explained Josephine Smith, PTC Director of Career Services. “We often hear that PTC STEM graduates hit the ground running when they start on the job because they are prepared with the practical technical skills employers look for.” “Our STEM students also benefit from a professional internship and many are hired by these companies before their internship is completed.” MS Smith continued. “I have technology companies calling me looking for more PTC grads in a number of our technical disciplines.”
*Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Spring 2014
The PTC STEM Scholarship
In response to the demand for STEM graduates, PTC offers a STEM scholarship. This specially focused program seeks to reward students with ability in math and the sciences with a $5,000 scholarship in one of PTC’s STEM-related programs. A number of these scholarships are awarded each year, and the STEM scholarship program continues to grow.
PTC STEM Program Options
At PTC, there are ten STEM-related programs to explore. A brief summary of these programs follows:
Electronics Engineering Technology is an associate degree program designed to provide students with the fundamentals of electronics, digital circuits, electronic systems and digital controls leading to potential careers in robotics, energy, and industry. Learn more.
Smart Building Technology is an associate degree program combining computer networking and electronics systems with communication skills. Graduates are prepared to work in both industrial and residential environments in energy usage, security, and entertainment. Learn more
There are three options in information technology for students interested in a career in computer technology:
Computer Programming at PTC teaches the computer languages of today’s business world with a hands-on project approach. Students prepare for a number of certifications that are valuable in careers in software companies, banking, and healthcare. Learn more
Network Security and Computer Forensics prepares students to secure and protect a company’s information resources. Graduates work in IT departments in retail, healthcare, and security companies. Learn more
Computer Aided Drafting or CAD offers students technical education in both Architectural Drafting and Mechanical Drafting. Students learn Building Information Modeling in architectural drafting and parametric modeling in mechanical drafting along with a host of industry software applications from AutoCad to Solidworks to prepare for careers in drafting. Learn more
Practical Nursing is a twelve-month program that prepares nursing students for careers as an LPN in hospitals, pediatric centers, and rehabilitation centers. Students gain experience in the state of the industry Nursing Simulation Lab and from clinical rotations at local healthcare centers. The program prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. Learn More
The outlook for STEM graduates is bright. For those who have the technical skills to succeed in these challenging fields and the discipline to graduate and complete their internship, the opportunities abound.