Educators in recent years have focused on building interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — in response to reports that employers were having trouble finding qualified employees.
As the speed of technology and globalization accelerates, one of the significant challenges of this century is to shape an educational system that is relevant, flexible, efficient and able to produce critical thinkers, innovators and creative problem-solvers, educators say.
College of the Mainland President Warren Nichols learned to be quick on his feet as a cop. That training taught him important lessons for his work now as a college administrator, he said.
More than an isolated neighborhood or historical district, the city of Friendswood’s schools, teachers and academics epitomize what the north of Galveston County represents.
Colwell, in her first year of teaching, instructs kindergarteners at C.W. Cline Elementary School, 505 Briarmeadow Ave. She not only attended the school herself, but she also teaches in the same room she once sat in during her kindergarten year.
Similar to an undergraduate academic plan, the school's Project Lead the Way engineering program offers students introductory and advanced courses to prepare students ahead of college.
The science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum many schools in the county have adopted in recent years has proved successful in whetting the appetites of young students for careers in STEM industries.