Lincoln, Neb. — The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, in partnership with Lincoln Public Schools, will hold a series of informational sessions for faculty and staff interested in learning more about or getting involved with the new LPS-CASNR Early College and Career STEM Program at Lincoln Northeast High School.
Informational sessions will be held:
- Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, from 3 to 4 p.m (Join Zoom Here)
- Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Join Zoom Here)
- Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Join Zoom Here)
The early STEM program, which was announced in September, will introduce all Lincoln Northeast High School students to concepts related to food, energy, water, and societal systems (FEWS2) through 9th and 10th grade math and science curriculum. Students in 11th and 12th grades will have the opportunity to explore pathways—including early college credit – that will help them pursue careers or higher education in FEWS2 fields. For example:
- Students who plan to enter the workforce after high school graduation can earn non-credit competencies in certain areas that will give them an edge as they look for employment.
- Students will be able to earn college credit for classes that will transfer to University of Nebraska and other post-secondary institutions.
- Students who earn a certain number of focused, college-level credits can earn a certificate designed to support work after high school or a start towards a four-year degree.
Most importantly, students will be able to explore careers in the growing areas of FEWS2. On- and off-ramps will be built into the program for students who decide it’s not for them, enroll later in their high school career or drop out of the program and rejoin.
“We anticipate that this dynamic program will have several niches for contributions from IANR faculty and staff,” said CASNR Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss. “These sessions will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn more about the program, connect with our LPS partners, and contribute to the development of this one-of-a-kind program for Nebraska. We hope that you will choose to join us on this journey.”