Planning for Higher Education Journal

Designing for STEM

California Community Colleges Are Helping Shape the STEM Workforce of the Future
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From Volume 47 Number 1 | October–December 2018
By Irene Monis
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
California Community Colleges System, Solano Community College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Contra Costa Community College District

The demand for graduates and technicians in the academic fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is influencing the design of specialized educational facilities in community colleges. Community colleges are increasingly aligning their academic programs to the specific economic development priorities and projected demand for skilled labor in the geographic regions they serve. It is expected that partnerships with local industry will increasingly shape curriculum development and facilities design. This trend is rapidly developing in California, where community colleges are incorporating sophisticated simulation laboratories, makerspaces, and innovation centers outfitted with advanced infrastructure and equipment, along with spaces that support the full spectrum of competencies required for graduates to succeed in the STEM labor market.

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