STEM is a category name for programs involving science, technology, engineering, and math. We are living in the digital age, which means computers and technology are important tools and require learned skills. Now is the time to learn about STEM programs and consider a career in the field.

The Michigan STEM Partnership stated that “STEM job creation over the next 10 years will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly, growing 17%, as compared to 9.8% for non-STEM positions.” Careers in STEM are not only needed, profitable, and stable, but also interesting. The best way to see if STEM is a possible career path is to take a STEM program in high school.

The available programs include computer networking, computer programming, digital multimedia, engineering/CAD, and robotics/mechatronics. Each program has hands-on projects, engaging content, “real” life application, career preparation, and excellent instructors. Students not only gain technical knowledge, but also general and soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, and work ethic. To broaden your horizons with STEM, click on the links below for the individual programs.

Engineering/ Computer Aided Design

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Engineering/ Computer Aided Design

Students with Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills are in high demand by manufacturing, architecture, and other industries. A person possessing good CAD skills, along with a solid professional image, will have many career and educational opportunities.

Students can expect to spend the majority of their class time using computer software programs found in business and industry. Successful students possess strong math and problem solving skills, the ability to work equally well either independently or in a group, and are self-motivated and goal oriented.

Design it – Produce it!

CAD programs teach students the basics of mechanical and building design from the traditional drawing board to new technology. Because the program collaborates with the manufacturing and building trades programs, students get real world experience in designing and producing actual parts or building structures. Students can use these skills to gain high-paying jobs and to continue education sometimes paid by the employer.

CAD programs are available at Brighton, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney with different schools having specific areas of concentration

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