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“A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future.”, Newsweek, July 2010

STEM Education is about:

  • Engaging students from preschool through college and beyond in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • Exciting students about pursuing STEM careers by integrating technology and engineering into existing science and mathematics curriculum while developing technical and personal skills.
  • Developing problem-based learning opportunities for all students to develop critical skills.

STEAM Education is about:

  • Inspiring students to “think out of the box” and creatively think to solve real-world problems using the tools provided to them.
  • Preparing students for 21st century challenges by providing opportunities for students to ask questions, collaborate and innovate through core standards.
  • Teaching students how to apply concepts by designing hands-on projects to demonstrate their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and art through literacy and mathematics.
  • Emphasize the wonder of art and science as human endeavors.


Civil Engineering Technician / Civil Engineer

Do you like to solve problems? Do you enjoy working on a team and managing projects? Civil Engineering Technicians work with as an assistant to civil engineers. This includes planning and designing buildings, highways and bridges.

Diablo Valley College's Engineering and Engineering Technology program prepares students for careers in engineering technology and also prepares students to transfer to a four-year engineering program. Students earn an Associate in science degree and are prepared in cartography, computer-aided design drafting and developing project plans.

The average wage in the bay area is $31.85 an hour for civil engineering technicians and $47.53 an hour for civil engineers. The need for civil engineering technicians is projected to grow 1% by 2020. Civil engineers are in demand with occupational growth by 20% in the next six years.

If you enjoy solving problems and working on civil projects this may be the career for you. Check out these resources for more information:

Why Careers in STEAM?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is projected to grow by 29 percent, adding about 2.1 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist
once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future

  • In 2010, there were 7.6 million STEM workers in the United States, representing about 1 in 18 workers.
  • STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.
  • STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.
  • More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to less than one-third of non-STEM workers.
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

Credit: Economics and Statistics Administration, United States Department of Commerce

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity
of the imagination.” John Dewey

What to do to Prepare:


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