- Computer and Information Technology: STEM Careers in Two Years
Anyone who thinks just working with computers is the sole focus of the IT industry should realize that working with people is also a major requirement – and a major reward. So says Eric Wellington, dean of the Business and Computer Information System school at Pennsylvania’s Delaware County Community College. Wellington offers helpful insight throughout this look at the vocational side of the IT industry, which also features profiles of three IT workers who make comfortable livings after only two years of higher education. Viewers meet Bob, a help desk administrator for Swiss Farms, an innovative retail company; Mike, a system administrator for A Weber Communications; and Joe, a network engineer for Sungard Availability Services. Each describes the job search path that led to a position with professional, emotional, and financial rewards. Their managers and co-workers also provide input. Click here to view a video clip.
- Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Technology: STEM Careers in Two Years
Lasers, robotics, computerized design and drafting – this is what students can expect to get involved in after only two years of training for a career in advanced manufacturing or applied engineering technology. The video describes the opportunities a job seeker can look forward to and how to take advantage of them. Viewers will also draw inspiration from three in-the-field success stories. Alan is an advanced machinist and programmer for The Rodon Group after becoming a certified tool and die maker. Anthony, a 3-D CAD draftsperson for Southco, earned an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology. And Ian, after earning his associate’s degree, became an electronics engineering technician at Nielson Kellerman. Click here to view a video clip.
- Applied Science and Technology: STEM Careers in Two Years
Jim runs the quality control lab at David Michael and Company, a food flavoring manufacturer. Aliah is a biomedical research technician at The Wistar Institute, a cancer research center in Philadelphia. And Tony, a production mechanic at New Jersey American Water, is the third featured case study in this exploration of applied science and technology jobs. What do all three have in common? They landed their well-paid, technically challenging positions after only two years of instruction. Jim, through an associate’s degree study track; Aliah completed a biomedical research technician training program; and Tony, a water treatment licensing course following nine years in the Navy. Viewers also meet Kevin Lampe, assistant professor of biotechnology and program coordinator at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. Lampe extols the hands-on laboratory skills training that enabled each worker to move straight from his or her schooling into the labor force. Click here to view a video clip.
- Health Care and Technology: STEM Careers in Two Years
As executive director of the Life Science Career Alliance, Colleen Hamilton believes that working in health care can really change peoples lives. And although she’s well aware of the industry’s challenges, Hamilton firmly believes that you don’t have to be a doctor or a college-educated researcher to find success in the medical field. This program explores the high-tech side of working in the industry, showing that health care technology jobs are not only fulfilling but also lucrative and challenging. Case studies feature Randy, a certified biomedical equipment technician (or CBET) at New Jerseys Deborah Heart and Lung Center, as well as Luz, a surgical technologist, and Steve, a cath lab technician – both of whom work for Philadelphia’s Hahnemann University Hospital. These employees and their co-workers describe the job searches they went through and the professional, emotional, and financial rewards that come from what they do. Click here to view a video clip.