How Many Alumni Have Graduated from a Science School in Contra Costa County?

Marin County has the highest rate of high school graduates in the area, with 93% of all high school graduates (only about 4.1%). The S-STEM scholarship project of Contra Costa College has set a goal to graduate or transfer at least 80% of fellows to four-year institutions within three years. The new bachelor's degree programs in education will help local school districts fill a diverse list of positions, including vacancies in high schools (single-subject certification), elementary schools (multi-subject certification) and special education, according to President Bean. The Sanford School of Education is one of the ten largest schools of education in the country and has been recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Training (NCATE) for meeting their rigorous, evidence-based standards for teacher training programs.

Contra Costa College Student Research Symposium

At the second annual student research symposium at Contra Costa College, each group presented their projects.

A large percentage of students specialize in engineering (48.3%), while 34.5% specialize in biological sciences, 13.8% in physical sciences and 3.4% in computer science. JFK University is also studying the possibility of launching new accreditation programs for JFK students, such as a master's degree in school psychology, according to President Bean. In addition, 94.7% of students enrolled in courses exclusively online and all undergraduate and graduate students took at least one hybrid or online course.

Teacher Accreditation Initiative

The teacher accreditation initiative was developed over a one-year period with the help of superintendents and 12-year pre-K educators from the region, and has received significant support from former Contra Costa County Superintendent Joseph Ovick, who chaired the advisory board. In comparison to the first year, more students specialize in biological sciences (46.9%), while 34.3% specialize in engineering, 9.4% in computer science, 6.3% in physical sciences and 3.1% in other fields.

Anthony earned his degree in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware (MS '1) and has since held various roles in support of disaster response and recovery missions as a technical specialist and data analyst.

The Center for Scientific Excellence

The project offers two-year scholarships for four groups of 30 low-income, academically talented and financially disadvantaged students who specialize in biological sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. Four schools and two universities (the Sanford School of Education, the School of Letters and Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Professional Studies) offer more than 75 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teaching credentials. The Center for Scientific Excellence (CSE) is a president's award-winning program that provides financial and academic support to students specializing in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). The CSE program has been instrumental in helping many alumni from Contra Costa County pursue their dreams by providing them with financial assistance to pursue their studies in science-related fields.

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