Siemens Technical Scholars Program

Raising the profile of careers in STEM fields.
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has partnered with the Siemens Foundation to raise the profile of middle-skill jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the excellent community college programs that deliver first-rate preparation of young adults for such jobs.

While the wage premium for those who hold a postsecondary credential is at an all-time high, the U.S. higher education system is not adequately delivering the credentials needed, resulting in projected shortages in skilled workers in some fields for at least the next decade. Many are hard at work addressing this postsecondary challenge, but colleges still have work to do to develop the talent needed for a growing set of front-line middle-skill jobs that offer opportunities for strong wages, largely in STEM fields. A recent study found that half of all STEM jobs in the United States require no more than an associate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually. The growing shortage of these tech-savvy front-line workers threatens to become a choke point in the growth of American businesses and a threat to our country’s economic competitiveness.

Through a generous grant from the Siemens Foundation, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program:
  • Rewards current students and recent graduates – Siemens Technical Scholars – with scholarships between $3,500 and $10,000. Their stories demonstrate the enormous value middle-skill STEM jobs can bring to students and their families.
  • Tell the stories of Siemens Technical Scholars regionally and nationally using high-quality video and written profiles, helping to set the standard for young adults’ preparation for and success in middle-skill jobs.
  • Identify exemplary programs from top community colleges nationally that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs.
  • Develop and publish lessons about highly effective community college programs that lead to middle-skill STEM jobs.

Siemens Technical Scholars

2015
Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, TX
Angel Alvarez
Instrumentation

Emily Grimes
Angela Munoz
Process Technology
Institute Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL
Alysia Bilbo Johann
Garcia Power

Plant Technology 
Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD
Kyle Ideker
Anders Henningsgaard
Vincent Henningsgaard

Energy
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
Marquia Black
Merlyn Santana

Health Information Technology
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Miami, FL
Edleshia Leverette
Process Technology 
Renton Technical College, Renton, WA
Blake Thurman
Patrick Murray
Jason Astell
Joshua Greenberg-Lambert

Precision Machining Technologies

Amanda Peterson
Dayna Fitterer
Erica Ormbrek
Iris Garcia Michael

Miller Surgical Technologist 
Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
Victoria Paulsen
Jermaine Gaddis
Florence Contino
Stephanie Moore

Cardiovascular Technology
Valencia College, Orlando, FL
Monica Nicholson
Stephanie Pittman
Manuel Rivera
Kara Schroeder
Amanda Capraro

Respiratory Care 

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2015 SIEMENS Technical Scholars publication
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Gingle Lee, Program Manager