impact Vol. 4, No. 3
A personal message from College of DuPage Board of Trustees Chairman Erin Birt:
My name is Erin Birt, and I have the honor of serving as chairman of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. In my professional life, I have my own law practice where I work to make a positive impact on people by helping them through sometimes difficult life transitions.
At COD, we strive to have a positive impact by helping our students prepare for the next steps in their lives and careers.
In this issue of impact, you will read about the importance of STEM professions. Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. They drive our health care. Our computers. Our roads and bridges. Our world economy. Our national security.
There are plenty of high-paying STEM jobs available. But as a nation, we struggle to fill them—especially with women.
College of DuPage is helping to change that. Through our programs and our people, we’re encouraging our community—everyone from school children to adult learners—to get excited about STEM.
Sure, some find the subjects intimidating. Others find them boring. Our story on “The Math Dilemma” shows the consequences: nearly three out of four students graduating high school in Illinois are not prepared for college-level mathematics.
But when you see former COD students such as Ellen Briggs studying the world’s oceans, or Ina Furxhi awaiting word from the nation’s medical schools, or Associate Professor Carley Kopecky getting local school kids enthused about rocket science, you quickly see how one college can make an impact on an entire community.
“Many students are not as interested in STEM subjects if they learn only in the abstract,” says Associate Professor Lubna Haque. “But if we demonstrate how STEM can help them in the real world, they get really interested.”
Real-world learning is a key part of what we do, and why our students—including our current and largest-ever class of presidential scholars—succeed in STEM and a world of other subjects here at COD.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, College of DuPage
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