STEM Project Details

Students walking at the Main Campus Park

Passaic Partners for STEM Innovation and Achievement (PPSIA)
to Enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

A Two-Year Collaboration of Passaic County Community College
and Passaic County Public Schools (2009-2011)


Major Project Components


1. K-12 Outreach to seven local schools that especially targets high school students, involving them in collaborative STEM learning experiences as preparation for postsecondary education.


In its first program year, PCCC anticipates over 150 STEM students from area high schools in dual-enrollment programs where they participate in and get credit for college-level classes. Some classes are taught by high school teachers who hold a master’s degree and who follow a course syllabus provided by PCCC. To qualify, students were tested and recommended by their teachers.


2. Intensified Academic and Personal Support for students once they have entered PCCC, to help them meet the challenge of college STEM courses. This includes interactive classroom experiences, regular tutoring, and increased academic and personal counseling.


3. Facilitating Transfer to Four-Year Colleges by aligning curriculum in STEM disciplines to guide students from high school to community college to the university level.


Additional Components

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-  A newly constructed state-of-the art, interactive STEM Learning Center


- a Faculty Professional Development training program for teachers in STEM disciplines to enhance their interactive instruction skills


- a free Summer Bridge Program for incoming PCCC freshmen interested in STEM subjects to ease the transition from high school to college.