On Tuesday, May 24, nearly 700 students from 15 Detroit and metro-Detroit high schools attended Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program’s (DAPCEP) 2016 STEMM Day at the Michigan Science Center, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Support for this day-long event was provided by Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, (MI GEAR-UP) and the King, Chavez, Parks, (KCP) Initiative.
Students participated in interactive science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) workshops hosted by corporations, colleges, and universities and attended college and career panel discussions. This event engaged students from historically underserved populations in hands-on STEMM activities and educational experiences and introduced them to the in-demand STEMM careers that fuel this state’s economy.
“STEMM Day 2016 is an opportunity for participating students to spend time with corporate leaders and educators currently working in STEMM occupations. These students engaged in hands-on DAPCEP designed activities developed to capture their interest in high-demand STEMM careers and also guide them towards educational pursuits that will help them qualify for the jobs of tomorrow” said Jason D. Lee, DAPCEP Executive Director.
DTE Energy Gas Company President & COO Mark Stiers said, “DTE Energy leadership volunteered at STEMM Day to help illuminate the educational pathways students should follow to fill the jobs that will help power Michigan’s economy. There are financially rewarding and reliable skilled trade jobs available in the energy sector and the need for skilled workers to fill those jobs will continue to increase. By 2020, roughly 50% of current Michigan energy workers are slated to retire. We’re committed to preparing Detroit area students to fill those jobs.”
“Strong math skills are a key component in nearly all STEMM careers and Comerica Bank has a long history of community involvement geared towards helping students improve their math-based computational skills,” said Michael Cheatham, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Manager at Comerica Bank. “I look forward to helping this next generation of entrepreneurs and technical leaders reach their financial goals through our Money Matters seminars. And I know that my colleagues are equally excited about serving on the job readiness panels, and helping the students meet their career goals. We’re proud to support STEMM Day and DAPCEP’s commitment to the students of Detroit and the surrounding communities.”
DAPCEP programs are generously supported by General Motors Corporation, Comerica Bank, Denso, DTE Energy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Nissan, Consumers Energy, Ford Motor Company, Aerotek, Detroit Zoo, Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), and the University of Michigan Dearborn among many others.