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SFAz Name Top Science & Engineering Talent as 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dr. Mary O’Reilly moreilly@sfaz.org 602 682 2800     SCIENCE FOUNDATION ARIZONA (SFAz) NAMES TOP SCIENCE & ENGINEERING TALENT AS 2017 SFAz BISGROVE SCHOLARS Nationally, Internationally Recognized Awardees to Lead Research at Arizona Institutions. PHOENIX (Jan 17, 2017) – Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is pleased to announce the 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars […]
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Making a Difference: Community Colleges Are Key Drivers of Rural Development

Community colleges are often the lifeblood of rural communities. They help drive economic opportunity and engagement, providing access to higher education and creating hubs of information, cultural development and personal training. It is hard to underestimate their importance in rural America, which covers some 72 percent of the nation’s geography but.....
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Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) Attracts Ms. Anna Tanguma-Gallegos as Program Officer of its Hispanic Serving Community College KickStarter Program

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With support from the State of Arizona and the National Science Foundation (NSF), SFAz has established very significant STEM pathway programs in eight rural Arizona Community Colleges and in Hispanic Serving Community Colleges around the country.  SFAz staff developed on-line STEM guides, including one directed at Community Colleges, that are used throughout the state and […]
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Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) Appoints Dr. Luther Williams as its first Chief Education Officer

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During the past four years SFAz developed significant Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs in seven major school districts throughout Arizona with major funding from the Helios Foundation.   In addition, SFAz formed a partnership with Grand Canyon University and Code.Org. to grow student populations with more and better computer skills and literacy.   And, […]
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When Community Colleges and Universities Collaborate, Everyone Wins

Earning an engineering degree is hard work, however smart, talented and motivated a student may be. Among all engineering students, only 41 percent graduate. The numbers are lower for women and minority students. Yet improving these numbers is neither insurmountable nor magical. It takes clear planning and a methodical approach, particularly when students start their education in community college and must transfer to a four-year institution.
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Getting the Credit You Earned: The Importance of Stackable Credentials

It’s appealing to imagine a linear climb up the career ladder, but the reality is often more circuitous—or messy. The building blocks of a technical career increasingly may include a mix of degrees, certificates, industry certifications and other credentials. That lively collection of experience and training can be confusing for potential employers, causing them to miss or misunderstand actual competencies when they are assessing candidates for available positions.
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Extracting Technical Education’s Hidden Gems—a Key to Career Success

Learning the basics of welding metal may be the way to land that first job, but what happens when an employer introduces robotics or other automated systems? What happens when a promotion and a raise depend on knowledge in trigonometry because your boss is running pipe at odd angles? Welding is like many technical professions these days that are increasingly dependent on more advanced skills and knowledge, both to land existing jobs and possess the adaptable learning skills necessary to evolve as these fields change. Today a sustainable technical career can depend on robotics, lasers, computer programming and systems integration.
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