UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District held its annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Night at Union County High School on Thursday evening.
Each school in the district showcased students’ work in math, science and technology, with the students on hand to demonstrate a variety of projects they completed.
The UCHS guidance department offered a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop, as well as assistance with college applications.
Local industry also had a presence at the event to highlight job skills needed for today’s workforce, and representatives from the health care industry displayed advances in medical technology. Representatives from local colleges and universities were also present to discuss opportunities in math and science as well as provide general information.
District Coordinator of Instruction Tabitha Talley said one goal of the STEM night event is to make the community aware of 21st century skills needed for students to excel after high school.
“We are working to prepare our students for the future workforce where an increasing number of jobs at all levels require extensive knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Talley said. “There is often a stigma that comes with manufacturing jobs due to a concern for stability. These are not the same textile jobs of decades past. If you go into local industries like Gestamp and BMW, you will be amazed at the amount of technological knowledge required in entry level positions.”
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