DelVal is selected as a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College

Courtesy: Victory Media.

Dec 12, 2014

Delaware Valley College announced today that it has been designated as a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, a leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and the creator of STEM Jobs media, education and career resources for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

The list rates institutions on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM Jobs Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high demand, high paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board.

DelVal was among more than 1,600 schools participating in the STEM Jobs survey process. Schools were scored on publicly available data and responses to questions around three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in a school’s STEM programs.

DelVal will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges.

“With the list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, president of STEM Jobs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Delaware Valley College as leading the way in this area.”

DelVal has been partnering with The United Way of Bucks County’s Women’s Initiative and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 each year to host #girlSTEM, a conference, which seeks to inspire girls in middle and high school to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. The conference features interactive seminars taught by professional women working in STEM fields so that girls can hear from female scientists, engineers and other professionals. For many of the girls, this is their first time on a college campus and the day opens their minds to career paths they may have never thought of pursuing.

A high percentage of women are preparing for STEM fields at DelVal. For students graduating during 2011-12, 66.4 percent of the women were in STEM majors (154 out of 232 graduates). For students enrolled full-time in fall 2012: 75.2 percent (807 out of 1073 women) were in STEM majors. STEM majors at Delaware Valley include programs such as: animal science, dairy science, food science, crop science, horticulture, environmental science, biology, zoo science, and chemistry.