University Named to 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges List


(Dec. 10, 2014) — Armstrong State University has been designated a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list by Victory Media and will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs magazine. Armstrong was one of only 123 schools nationwide to be named as a STEM Jobs Approved College.

The inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations.

“The College of Science and Technology at Armstrong has a strong track record of providing students with research and internship opportunities that lead to employment in their field after graduation,” said Dr. Brent Feske, interim assistant dean of the College of Science and Technology. “We're delighted that our efforts, on behalf of our students, have received national recognition.”

Armstrong was among more than 1,600 schools to participate in the STEM Jobs survey process that measured how effectively schools align their programs to high-demand, high-paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields.

Armstrong has maintained a deep commitment to STEM education and the benefits it offers students. In 2012, the university received a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant of $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a unique scholarship program for STEM students to complete the Bachelor of Science degree and continue their studies at Armstrong to gain a Master of Teaching degree and become K-12 STEM teachers. In 2013, Armstrong's Department of Biology received nearly $200,000 in funding from the NSF's Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) grant program.

For the past seven summers, Armstrong's Engineering Studies Program, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Savannah, has held two-week robotics summer workshops for young local students with funding from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium. Approximately 70 percent of the students who have attended through the years have gone on to STEM-based collegiate programs. Nearly 30 of those students enrolled in Armstrong to pursue STEM subjects.

To learn more about Armstrong's STEM programs and scholarships, visit the College of Science and Technology webpage.