STEM Week 2020 See Yourself in STEM!

“See Yourself in STEM” during STEM Week 2020 – October 19 – 23

Join us for a week-long series of virtual events celebrating STEM! Whether you are just beginning to explore STEM careers or have always known this was an area that excited you, now is the time to explore opportunities and learn how MWCC can help you achieve your goals. We’ll feature industry experts, highlight some of our favorite programs and more! Some events require registration, so don’t delay – make your plans today to explore science, technology, engineering and math with MWCC!


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Tuesday, October 20

Start Near, Go Far: On the Front Lines of COVID-19

An interview with Heidi Burke (’13) and Braden Burke (/21) who were on the front lines of the pandemic. Heidi traveled and lived in New York City and Texas, and Braden traveled to Texas to work in hospitals hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both have recently returned from Texas as Braden completes the Nursing program at MWCC and graduates in May ’21. Watch the video here.

Wednesday, October 21

Career Panel: Cybersecurity Across Industries

Experienced cybersecurity professionals will provide an overview of the cybersecurity jobs in different industries including energy and government among others. Speakers: Sam Curry, CSO at Cyberreasons, Kathy Kountze, CIO at Eversource, Ron Ford, Regional Cybersecurity Advisor for New England, CISA/DHS. Register to attend this session on Zoom.

Friday, October 23

Automotive Technology – with a View of Our New Auto Tech Facility!

The Automotive Technology Program at the Mount provides students with the opportunity to earn a Certificate or an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. Upon completion of either program, students are prepared for positions in automotive and other related fields. During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies in diagnostics and repair. Students will gain the knowledge they need to prepare for ASE Certifications.
Click to register for our Automotive Technology STEM discussion.

Climate Change Essay ContestSTEM Circular Logo

Would you like to win a scholarship toward a dual enrollment course or toward MWCC certificate or degree program after high school? We have one $500 and two $250 scholarships up for grabs! How can you win one of these scholarships? Write an original essay, exclusively created for the MWCC STEM Week scholarship contest – no recycling work you’ve done for other things – of between 700 and 1000 words about how you believe the Earth’s climate will affect you during your lifetime. Do you feel it will impact your health, employment, community or responsibilities? Are you planning to pursue a career in higher education or STEM? Be sure to discuss why and what your goals are as well. 

Get writing! The Deadline is October 31!

Click here to download the contest flyer!

Official Rules:

Contest Judging Criteria

All essays are judged on the following:

  • Content
  • Creativity
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation

Content Guidelines

Each STEM Essay Contest applicant must adhere to the following:

  • Write an original essay created exclusively for the MWCC STEM Week Scholarship Contest.
  • The essay should be at least 700 words but shall not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Quotes and any ideas that are not your own should be attributed to the appropriate source within the body of the essay and bibliography. Do not use footnotes and endnotes. Do not include the bibliography in the word count.
  • Do not include illustrations, graphics, or diagrams.

Essays should include an explanation of how you believe Earth’s climate will affect you during your lifetime, for example- health, employment or community challenges/responsibilities. Additionally, please include why you want to pursue a career and/or higher education in a STEM field.  

Contest Eligibility Requirements

  • All applicants for the MWCC STEM Essay Contest must:
  • Be a Massachusetts resident
  • Be a high school junior or senior, or current MWCC student
  • Be planning to attend Mount Wachusett Community College for a dual enrollment course during high school or STEM degree program at MWCC upon high school graduation.
  • Currently attending MWCC and enrolled in a STEM program
  • Have a minimum 2.5 high school or college GPA