STEM Fields and Careers
Opportunities for good, high paying jobs abound in STEM fields and careers. Examples of careers in STEM fields, besides the obvious science (biological, chemistry), technology (computers and cyber security), engineering (aerospace, chemical, mechanical, civil) and mathematics (actuarial science), include conservationist, urban planning, construction, nursing, agriculture, fiber optics, medicine, meteorology, dietician, robotics, and drones.
At Barton, we are committed to help you prepare for the STEM career you want to pursue. We have laboratory and technology facilities that give you “hand-on” learning experience. Our instructors have experiences working in the fields.
You can pursue Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science degrees at Barton that will help you prepare for transfer or directly into work.
We conduct Jack Kilby STEM Day every year in November for high school juniors and seniors to experience and learn about STEM, plus mini-STEM Day events throughout the year.
Barton partners with state universities on several STEM grants that can help support you in pursing your chosen STEM career. If you are interested in pursuing an education degree desiring to teach in a STEM field at the secondary level, then there is an opportunity to get scholarships to cover your cost of attending a state university. Learn more about the Robert Noyce Grant.
Maybe you are not interested in teaching STEM but still interested in working in a STEM field. We are partners with two other state universities on a project seeking to encourage people in under-represented minority groups to enter and work in STEM fields. Learn more about the KS-LSAMP Grant.
Get in touch with us! Contact STEM@bartonccc.edu to get involved today.
Are you creative? Do you enjoy a good challenge? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then come check out the STEM Club.
STEM Club is an extra-curricular activity, which allows students of all ability levels, express an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to experience all four subjects through innovative hands-on interactive learning. The club encourages research and development, promotes education in the STEM fields, gives education majors support as they enter their pre-service curriculum, and provides community outreach opportunities. The STEM Club also looks to increase critical thinking skills through hands-on projects and challenges. All students are encouraged to bring their ideas, creativity, and curiosities to this club as topics of investigation are driven by student interest.
Spring 2020 STEM Club Activities
Friday, August 21st at 1:30 pm in S-118 – STEM Club Meeting via Zoom
Join us on Facebook!
Contact STEM@bartonccc.edu for more information.
Tentative: Great Bend Rec Center - June 30 and July 1, 2020
Jack Kilby STEM Day – Nov. 23, 2020
Barton Mini STEM Day - Date TBD
Drone Racing Obstacle Course - Date TBD
STEM Opportunities and Programs
Barton has opportunities for current students, high school graduates and community members to engage in active learning environments in the STEM field. Various events and activities include: Maker Labs (tell us what you would like to see in it by completing this survey), Undergraduate Research, STEM Club, and eSports.
Check out the programs below for information on scholarships and research opportunities! To apply for the summer programs, contact STEM@Bartonccc.edu.
The Summer Undergraduate Research at Barton funded by NSF gives undergraduates experience with the research process.
Students will participate research activities under the guidance of Barton faculty members. Students will work about 40 hours per week with their research teams and will produce and report the results in a special research forum.
Participants will also be enrolled in a 1-credit transferable Research Methods class to learn the foundations of research methodology.
The program for Summer 2020 begins on June 1st, 2020 and concludes on Friday, July 23rd, 2020. Selected participants are expected to be available to begin the methods course June 1st.
Stipends are available to support the student through the program but are subject to Federal Financial Aid rules and regulations.
Application Procedure - Priority deadline is April 18, 2020. Here is the online form.
Questions regarding the application procedure and requirements may be sent to STEM@Bartonccc.edu
eSports and STEM can open doors for students through financial aid by offering scholarships to play video games competitively while earning your degree. Competitive gaming presents an opportunity to expand access to STEM education through linkages between video games and STEM subjects such as coding or designing.
The Noyce Teacher-Leader program is a competitive scholarship program for students who have obtained at least junior-level status. The Noyce Teacher Leader program is more than just a scholarship - it is preparation to become an outstanding science or mathematics teacher serving in a high-needs district. Individuals selected for one of the seven $13,000 scholarships (renewable for a second year) will receive specialized coursework such as teaching using distance learning technologies, leadership, and professional development on issues facing high needs schools.
NSF grant funded scholarship in partnership with FHSU provides financial support for juniors and seniors majoring in science and mathematics fields who are pursuing a teaching career.
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a National Science Foundation program that assists colleges and universities in diversifying the workforce entering STEM fields by supporting institutions’ efforts to increase the numbers of students that successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in these fields.
The Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) promotes recruitment and retention programs throughout Kansas in support of increasing the success of underrepresented minority students (URMs) in STEM fields.
Partner institutions consisting of Kansas State University, Wichita State University and five additional Kansas community colleges were selected because they serve the rapidly growing Hispanic/Latino population of the state. These institutions will work together to implement specialized activities for students at critical junctures in their careers such as high school to college and the transition from two-year to four-year institutions.
Learn more about the Wichita State LSAMP program
Additional Summer Programs