The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant of $198,248 to Eastern Shore Community College for support of the college’s “Linking Employers and Academic Needs” (LEAN) Internship Project. Beginning July 1, 2013, the three-year project will develop internship pathways to prepare students for entry-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers and complete Certificates or AAS degrees in STEM-related fields. Other project goals include:
- Increase opportunities for women and under-represented students in technical fields.
- Enhance and disseminate the LEAN Internship Model within ESCC and other academic institutions.
- Provide on-site faculty professional development at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and the Navy Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) to enhance understanding of aerospace and defense industry education needs.
The LEAN Internship Project will expand and develop new student internship opportunities for the following programs currently offered at ESCC:
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Programs:
- Electronics Technology
- Electronics Technology: Computer Technician Specialization
- Business Technology: Information Systems Technology Specialization
- Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)
- Information Systems Technology
- Heating, Ventilation, andAir Conditioning (HVAC)
- Industrial Technology
The LEAN Internship Project grew out of ESCC’s STEM internship program, which was initially funded by the ESCC Foundation and a MentorLinks grant awarded by the AmericanAssociation of Community Colleges (AACC.) AACC’s MentorLinks program is also supported by NSF funding.
The LEAN Internship Project, NSF Award Number 1304821, is directed by Teresa E. Guy, Principal Investigator, and John H. Floyd, Co-Principal Investigator. The NSF ATE program supports the development of technicians in emerging fields and recognizes the need to inspire, motivate and empower students to develop and achieve career goals. The program funds projects that focus on developing partnerships between community colleges, other higher education institutions, and employers to provide workforce development and education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.