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Share your STEM education and career testimony & help change the equation

Only about 1.3 percent—less than 10,000—of the available pool of minority high school graduates earn engineering degrees from America’s colleges and universities each year.



The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) thinks this equation needs to change. I do, too. NACME is participating in a special Congressional session to examine and recommend federal policy advancing minority participation in STEM. NACME is soliciting testimonials from professional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators, researchers, volunteers, and students to comment on ways to enhance STEM education in the United States. They will collect all testimonies package them and submit to Members of Congress (via submission to the appropriate committees, Congressional caucuses, and decision-makers) at a time when critical decisions are being made on both the policy and the funding needed.  This weekend is the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus and this would be an ideal time for participants (and constituents) of this event to rally and who support for STEM education for all of our children – K-12 and post-secondary.

They are calling for one and all to submit written testimonies.

Below is guidance as to how to participate in this activity, should you choose to do so.


  • Cover page with your name, organization, and reference to title of this special session: “Advancing URMs in STEM Education and Careers.”
  • One (1) page of highlights, summary recommendations, and points you want to make.
  • Up to five (5) pages of single-spaced written testimony of your views, recommendations, and ideas.

All testimonies must be submitted electronically to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 15th.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) vision is an engineering workforce that looks like America.  Our aim is to increase the proportion of African American, American Indian, and Hispanic American graduates in engineering education and careers, our metric is parity in the workforce. The NACME Scholarship is available to minorities pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering.


 About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

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North Carolina A&T Looks to Community Colleges to Boost STEM

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North Carolina A&T Looks to Community Colleges to Boost STEM
By M. V. Greene
Sep 30, 2013, 15:25


It is hardly a secret in education circles that community college students often get the short end of the stick when it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Community colleges are viewed as gateways for many students to receive formal, post-secondary education, but math and science education credits do not always transfer successfully to many four-year colleges.

Considering that 50 percent of African-Americans, 55 percent of Latinos and 64 percent of American Indians who earned bachelorfs or masterfs degrees in science or engineering began their studies in community college, the National Science Foundation has reported, the issue signifies one of urgency.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. (NACME), a STEM advocacy organization, has advocated a closer relationship between two- and four-year colleges in STEM in order to enable the successful transfer of students to four-year engineering programs.

An announcement from North Carolina A&T Universityfs College of Engineering that it has formed a joint partnership with Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina will help to address the issue. Beginning in fall 2013, GTCC students will be able to apply for joint admission to A&TŒs College of Engineering.

The partnership, officials at both schools say, will improve access to undergraduate STEM education and provide coordinated services and activities in support of student retention and to increase graduation rates. The co-admission agreement is a first for both institutions and for the state of North Carolina in engineering.

This partnership with GTCC will enable the university to better meet our nation's growing need for qualified STEM professionals," says A&T Chancellor Harold Martin Sr.

The partnership has two primary components. One is the co-admission program agreement and the other is a curriculum articulation agreement. Select students will be co-admitted to both GTCC and North Carolina A&T simultaneously. The program will coordinate federal and financial aid disbursement, allow for one application fee for North Carolina A&T, and create special scholarship opportunities for Guilford County, N.C., graduates. The curriculum articulation agreement will allow successful students to apply 65 credits toward bachelor's degrees in civil or mechanical engineering at A&T, enabling GTCC students to achieve junior standing upon transition.

GTCC hopes to enroll up to 30 students in the program in the fall 2013.

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