Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Donnelly College
Three of the five fastest-growing segments of the Kansas City economy are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related--the architecture and engineering industry, the computer industry and the life sciences industry (Mid-America Regional Council, 2014). While the demand for STEM career fields is high, so is the pay. Some STEM tracks can earn up to $3.4 million more than other college majors (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, McCourt School of Public Policy: The Economic Value of College Majors, 2015).
Despite the growing need for STEM professionals, just 14 percent of graduates from associate and bachelor’s degree programs in our region are earning STEM degrees. Donnelly wants to change that. We offer academic programs and clubs/organizations with a STEM focus. These opportunities prepare our students to become the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and leaders in STEM fields.
Pathways to Engineering Careers (PEC) is a cooperative program of Donnelly College and the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). The PEC program is designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UMKC. Admitted students would enroll at Donnelly in a structured pre-engineering program that will transfer seamlessly into UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering. This program is targeted to students with an interest in and aptitude for engineering, who need to boost their math and science readiness before transitioning to UMKC.
- High-quality academic instruction and mentoring from outstanding Donnelly and UMKC faculty
- Scholarship support
- Free academic tutoring
- Supplemental Instruction in STEM courses
- STEM service learning activities and STEM Club
- Undergraduate research opportunities
- Summer STEMBridge programs
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