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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrates its STEM students and programs today on National STEM Day – and every day – while continuing to develop a large list of stackable courses, certificates and credentials to help students – and professionals – excel in high-demand STEM careers.

STEM – which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math – doesn’t necessarily mean working as a scientist or engineer or even requiring a degree these days. “STEM careers are diverse, including jobs as a psychologist, software developer, civil engineer, and statistician,” US News and World Report points out in its 2021 list of Best STEM Jobs. “STEM jobs are often referred to as the jobs of the future, so as this industry continues to grow, take a look at what the STEM industry really looks like. “

CSM pre-engineering coordinator and adjunct professor Jehnell Linkins said she works hard to show her students that STEM careers “are cool.” She and her daughter Jehnae Linkins, a CSM alumnus, have worked together in recent years to sponsor CSM’s “Engineer Like a Girl” summer programs for high school students and have served as advisors to the various engineering clubs around the world. college, including the National Society of Black Engineers of the CSM (NSBE) chartered last December.

In January 2021, Jehnell Linkins and CSM instructor Judith Moore also launched CSM’s new Society of Women Engineers (SWE) club. And in February, Linkins agreed on behalf of CSM proclamations from local elected officials for the college’s continued work to increase understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers.

CSM’s unwavering commitment to helping women in STEM is due to the fact that “although they represent almost half of the American workforce, women are still grossly under-represented in the workforce. work of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ” according to a report released by the US Census Bureau today.

Rhey mesowski

And that’s a stat that two CSM students plan to change, including Rhey Mesowski of Lexington Park, who returned to college after a 10-year hiatus.

“I had to suspend my degree to work full time to help my parents send my siblings to college,” says Mesowski. “For a 30-year-old student like me, there’s always that fear of being unwelcome in a college full of students fresh out of high school. But the CSM became my second home when I first set foot on campus. I just felt that feeling of being somewhere out of place.

Mesowski is now president of the Prince Frederick Campus Student Association and 2sdVice-president of the student government of the CSM.

“I have had so many great experiences at CSM,” she shared. “My teachers have always been supportive and understanding of my schedule as a working parent. My awesome STEM group mentors motivated us to take on challenges that would help us become the best version of ourselves. I graduated in accounting from CSM and am currently in the AS Mathematics and Sciences program. I believe in lifelong learning, so I’ll be in school for a while, and a career as a data scientist or actuary is my goal.

Resident of St. Mary’s County Asha Gaines arrived at CSM after transferring home in 2020 from the engineering program at the University of West Virginia (WVU) because COVID-19 required most students to switch to distance learning environments.

“With the CSM’s online forum, I was able to connect with people by creating virtual study groups,” said Gaines, whose career goal is to become an astronaut. “Later, as I felt more comfortable in the new environment, I got support to create the first chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at CSM. This accomplishment could not have been achieved without the support of my peers and my advisor, Ms. Jehnell Linkins.

Asha Gaines

“This fall, I’m finishing my associate’s degree at CSM and interning at Webster Field at Patuxent Naval Air Station,” Gaines continued. “I plan to transfer to the University of Maryland to complete my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After UMD, I will work at Naval Air Station Patuxent, pursue graduate studies, and become eligible for the NASA Astronaut Program.

CSM offers a number of STEM four-year college and university transfer programs, including the local partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) that Gaines chose.

In the UMD partnership, students are offered a seamless path to a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering in which they earn their associate degree in scientific engineering at the CSM and then transfer with junior status to earn a bachelor of science degree. in Mechanical Engineering at UMD. Students also have the option of interning with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), a division of NAVAIR, with a possible employment opportunity upon graduation and completion of all program requirements. Pathway. Students can take all courses in Southern Maryland at CSM and then at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) to complete their junior and senior courses with UMD.

The CSM has a financial path for students seeking careers in these fields to follow through a National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM (S-STEM) scholarship of $ 953,243 and a second grant. NSF of $ 257,912 to help students pursue cybersecurity education. .

Learn more about the CSM STEM journey and the many scholarships available to help students achieve their STEM dreams by visiting,


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