The College is reaching out to K-12 educators in a variety of ways.
College in High School
Through College in High School partnerships, students from participating local high schools who are ready to undertake college-level work are able to earn college credits in their own high school during the regular school day.
The College currently has College in High School partnerships with nine local high schools, including Ambridge, Big Beaver Falls, Central Valley, Freedom, Hopewell, New Brighton, Rochester, Riverside, and Western Beaver and is currently working with the superintendents of all Beaver County school districts in order to offer college courses at all high schools and bring high school students to CCBC.
Aviation Academy for High School Students
An innovative approach that promises to jump-start STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) awareness and career vision in students is the development of an Aviation Academy for high school students. Students in grades 10 to 12 from participating school districts have the opportunity to experience firsthand aspects of aviation through four distinct pathways, including professional pilot, air traffic control, aerospace management, and unmanned aerial vehicles. As a dual-enrollment program, the Academy offers students the opportunity to spend half of the day at their high school then the other half taking courses in science, technology, engineering and math, taught by CCBC faculty members on campus at the Aviation Sciences Center in Chippewa. Some students will have the opportunity to graduate from high school with more than half of a CCBC associate degree completed.
Health Academy for High School Students
CCBC's Health Academy is for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Students from school districts across the county and beyond will have the opportunity to complete a full year of college credits on CCBC’s campus while attending high school. The CCBC Health Academy provides high school students the opportunity to explore careers in high-demand health care fields, receive hands-on STEM instruction from college faculty members, and acquire skills for effective leadership. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 28 college credits for CCBC’s nursing, practical nursing, and radiologic technology programs in addition to other health care careers, as well as opportunities for eventual seamless transfer into four-year programs at partnering colleges and universities.
STEM Academy for High School Students
Beginning in fall 2017, high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our classrooms and labs as they explore high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. CCBC STEM Academy students will have the opportunity to earn up to 29 college credits while still taking high school classes. Students learn from experienced college faculty members. Students who complete all of the coursework can continue their studies toward an associate degree in Engineering or Process Technology at CCBC.
New Process Technology Program
The latest development that promises multiple business and industry partnerships is the College’s newest program in Process Technology. The program, which is the result of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, is being developed in collaboration with local K-12 educators and the Beaver County Career and Technology Center in order to spark an early interest in STEM education in their students. Additionally, curriculum creation for the program is being led by industry partners such as NOVA Chemicals, BASF, and ARDEX to meet the needs of their companies.