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Technology and Science Professionals Offer Sage Advice to MCCC Students on STEM Career Day

S-STEM Scholarships Available for Next Fall


West Windsor, N.J. – It’s a world that techies embrace and the rest of us can’t live without.  As part of Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) efforts to recruit and nurture science and technology students, the college hosted a STEM Career Day March 24 to encourage students to pursue their degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The take-away was resouding. For students who put in the work and have the passion, jobs are well-paying and plentiful.

The event, which was held in the Communications Building, featured lobby displays with STEM employers, as well as MCCC professors and students showing off equipment from simple beakers to advanced 3-D printers.

In remarks that kicked off the panel discussion, MCCC President Jianping Wang congratulated the STEM students in attendance for making a wise choice.

“STEM scholars represent the future of our country. We will be looking to you.  There will be many opportunities, especially for young women,” she said, adding that MCCC’s partnership with the National Science Foundation is providing major scholarship opportunities for high-achieving students (a program known as S-STEM). Applications are currently being accepted for the fall semester. (Click here
for more information.)

The panel discussion included participants from academia and industry, who shared their academic and career histories and offered advice for getting ahead. The speakers included MCCC faculty members Harry Bittner (Technology), James Maccariella (Engineering), Art Schwartz (Mathematics) and Helen Tanzini (Chemistry), along with industry panelists Ayanna Patterson, a chemical engineer with Estée Lauder, Mackington Joseph, a training and development specialist with PSE&G, and Cathy Wendler, a senior strategic advisor with Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Lobby displays were staffed by representatives from L’Oreal, Radwell International, Inc., CAD CAM Engineering, KNF and ETS.  The MCCC Organic Chemistry Club also participated.

The panelists were unanimous on several points.  They stressed that academic preparation is the key to future success and encouraged the students to pursue internships, which help to bolster resumes and create connections that can lead to jobs.  And, all the speakers spoke about their fields with passion and obvious commitment, with several playfully claiming that their fields were, hands down, the very best.

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Engineering students discuss the ups and downs of roller coaster design.
Connecting through chemistry. Organic Chemistry Club members Ron Trauger, Brittni Addye and Kevin Ortega with prospective STEM student Cassandra Holben, left.
Electronics Engineering Technology faculty member Harry Bittner shows off a "Mercer M," created by the college's 3-D printer.
From left, panelists Ayanna Patterson (Estée Lauder), Helen Tanzini (Chemistry), Mackington Joseph (PSE&G), Harry Bittner (Electronic Engineering Technology), Cathy Wendler (Educational Testing Service), Art Schwartz (Mathematics), and, at the podium, James Maccariella (Engineering)
Glenn Kraft