Saturday Academy is so excited to launch its second cohort of STEAM Career Tracks this fall.
STEAM Career Tracks was created from the drive to create additional paid opportunities for high schoolers to grow & foster their professional development skill set. There is student interest in this area - every year our Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering Program must turn down many qualified students because they were not matched with a position, and furthermore, in the two years we have offered our STEAM Career Tracks program, the class has filled with a wait list.
STEAM Career Tracks (SCT) is an invitation only program, offered to students who have previously expressed interest in Saturday Academy’s STEAM, STEM or Career Prep programming, and in alignment with Saturday Academy’s commitment to equity, offered to students who self-identify as belonging to communities underrepresented in STEM careers.
This year, we’ve launched the program in collaboration with 2 phenomenal instructors, both of whom are navigating the STEM world, themselves as women of color: PhD candidate Yessica Cristal Santana Agreda & Oregon State student Rispa Vranka Wafula. They’ll share powerful lessons on everything from conducting informational interviews, maintaining work/life balance, to tips for resilience in the workplace, and culturally responsive conflict resolution. They’ll also collect feedback and suggestions from students to mold the curriculum to fit the current students’ interests and needs.
We’ll also be hosting 8 weekend workshops focused on careers in STEAM in collaboration with countless industry professionals. These workshops will cover paths like pharmacology and pharmaceutical research, ecology and conservation, modern city engineering and architecture, computer science, medicine and biomedical research, the tech sector, and much more.
Upon successful completion of the program, all STEAM Career Tracks students are paid a $500 stipend.
Saturday Academy is proud to be expanding its offerings of experiential learning opportunities for students eager to learn more about careers in STEAM and STEM, especially in conjunction with so many professionals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, research, and advice.
If you would like to learn more about STEAM Career Tracks or for information about getting involved in the program, you can email the program staff at SCT@saturdayacademy.org.
- Maura, Program Manager