STEM Opportunities

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The effort to enhance education in the STEM fields is part of a national initiative to prepare Americans for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs – and to ensure that our country remains a leader in technology and innovation.

Why is STEM education important?

To compete for 21st century jobs, students need an education with a solid grounding in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Vermont’s 2012-2015 strategic plan includes a goal to increase the number of students who are career and college-ready for STEM field opportunities. Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce forecasts that Vermont will demand a total of 16,240 STEM skilled employees by 2018, up from 14,670 such positions in 2008, an 11% increase. Unfortunately, even as the number of jobs requiring a STEM background is growing, the number of students majoring in these fields is declining.

“We know that sixty-two percent of the jobs in the new economy will require post-secondary education, and that only forty-five percent of our high school graduates are continuing their education today. We have to seize the opportunity to reshape our education system to meet the demands of our STEM-hungry workforce.” -Governor Shumlin, Budget Address January 2013

What STEM opportunities does CCV provide?

At CCV our emphasis has always been on transformation: helping students make progress toward their goals. To this end, the following opportunities help students meet their goals in STEM fields.

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Programs with a “+” can be completed online.


Math skills are an integral part of STEM careers. CCV offers a range of math courses to prepare students for success in STEM fields. Our free assessments help students determine the best starting point for math studies.

  • Developmental skills options: Basic Math, Basic Algebra, Pre-College Math
  • Entry-level college math courses: Intermediate Algebra, Applied Quantitative Reasoning
  • Intermediate: Statistics, College Algebra, Precalculus
  • Advanced: Calculus I, Calculus II

Transfer into a 4-year STEM Field Program

Visit to learn about additional bachelor degree options in Vermont.

Popular CCV courses for students interested in transferring into four year programs in STEM fields include:

  • Statistics
  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus
  • Introductory Biology: Ecology & Evolution
  • Introductory Biology: Cells & Genetic Basis of Life
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics I
  • Physics II

For more information about special transfer agreements between CCV and other colleges, visit our transfer page.

Dual Enrollment Locations and Courses

Through agreements with the Community College of Vermont and Vermont career and technical centers, the opportunity to enroll in credit-bearing college level courses while still in high school is available in certain technical center programs. The following STEM-based courses are approved for Dual Enrollment credit through CCV’s Fast Forward program. Check with your school counselor for course availability in your local technical center.


  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Digital Photography
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Technology in Music
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Website Development


  • CISCO Networking I
  • Concepts of PC Hardware
  • Desktop Operating Systems

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