Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – With the global demand for an educated workforce in the fields of science, technology engineering and math (S.T.E.M.), Coahoma Community College is igniting the curiosity of eight freshmen science and math majors with a trip to Atlanta, GA.
Students enrolled in the STEM-BRIDGE Academy departed from campus this week to enjoy an eventful 3-day journey that will include visits to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Johnson Research & Development Facility, founded by Dr. Lonnie Johnson—inventor of the SuperSoaker.
“This program will expose our students to different types of scientific research,” said Letha Richards, program coordinator. “This is a great opportunity to give them some insight on their future career choices and broaden their exposure of the many career opportunities available.”
Freshman Edgar Scott (Mathematics major from Tutwiler, MS) said he’s excited to have the STEM-BRIDGE Academy afford him his first trip to Atlanta.
“It’s impressive that Coahoma offered me this opportunity my first year because most people never get the chance,” Scott said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to learn new things related to my future career.”
Freshman Chemistry major DanQuria Mattox of Jonestown agreed that the trip is a great opportunity.
“As a future pharmacist, I feel lucky to have the opportunity to visit the CDC to learn and network,” said Mattox. “I’ve always wanted the opportunity to broaden my options and see different things and this is the perfect opportunity.”
The STEM-BRIDGE Academy was designed to offer a carefully constructed, comprehensive scientific experience to students during the summer that supports exposure to the key elements required for a thorough understanding of the chemistry, biology and math courses offered at CCC.
The program is supported by the Mississippi INBRE, funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.