From Boot Camp to Next Level

October 14, 2020 – Last week, a new class of students from Meade and North County High Schools started the next level college math class as part of their journey to master Precalculus.

The students are part of STEM Core Bridges, which reintroduces students to STEM by accelerating their progress up to and through Precalculus. STEM Core Bridges also provides opportunities for students to complete projects created by industry professionals that present a real-world challenge to which they can apply the skills they are learning.

The program is collaboratively developed by the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA), Growth Sector, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC).

The students participating this fall are continuing their studies with AACC’s MAT 045: Introduction to Precalculus. They completed MAT 044 during a six-week boot camp over the summer, while also learning computer science and coding skills that allowed them to complete projects supplied by Lockheed Martin and NASA Goddard.

The students will also participate in professional development sessions designed to help them improve their workforce skills. Through these sessions, students will learn valuable career skills such as resume development, cover letter writing and interview preparation and practice, in addition to information about STEM pathways and careers.