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Nationwide, Community Colleges Lighting STEM Spark in K-12 Students

Community colleges from across the nation are recognizing the need to spark students' interest in STEM subjects early in their education as a way of enticing them into science-, technology-, engineering-, and math-related professions.

Science fairs, STEM-focused summer camps,  and specialized teacher training are among the opportunities made available by community colleges to students and teachers interested in pursuing STEM subjects.    Central Community College in Nebraska, for example, has a program called Project SHINE (Shaping High-quality Integrated Nebraska Education) that has both a teacher-training component and a STEM summer camp for 9th and 10th graders. Project SHINE director Dan Davidchik says that he has noticed "tremendous changes in the way teachers connect STEM with what goes on in business and industry."
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