Professional Development for Faculty

Studying at the Main Campus Park

Passaic County Community College
Passaic Partners for STEM Innovation and Achievement Project (PPSIA)


Project  Component


Professional Development for Faculty


PCCC offered its first STEM faculty development program at the end of June 2009. Twenty full and part-time faculty, including teachers from Paterson and Passaic public high schools, attended the four-day, 16-hour program. Classes were taught by professors from various colleges, including PCCC, and by industry professionals with the goal of assisting college and high school faculty in creating learning environments that encourage both beginning and advanced STEM students to excel.


Classes covered topics such as collaborative learning strategies, interdisciplinary learning, academic and career advising strategies, as well as ethics in STEM fields.


Activities focused on diverse learning styles and the use of culturally responsive materials and approaches to teaching.


High school teachers who hold a Master’s degree in a STEM area will participate in the PPSIA project’s outreach to secondary schools. Dual-enrollment students who have been approved in advance by their high school teachers will be permitted to take PCCC courses for college credit in their high school classrooms. The high school teachers who participate will follow a STEM syllabus provided by Passaic County Community College.


- 2011 Professional Development Workshops