FLINT — Two students at Mott Community College (MCC) today were named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation.
Usama Khalid and Amber Thompson were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from some of the nation’s strongest community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology. “I congratulate Usama and Amber on being chosen Siemens Technical Scholars for 2017,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Having two students chosen for this honor from among Community College students nationwide is testament to the quality of our academic programs and faculty,” she added. Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations. Community colleges like MCC are playing a huge role in working to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate’s degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually. And people with a postsecondary education earn 74 percent more than those with just a high school diploma. Khalid and Thompson will receive scholarships of between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt. Both have graduated from MCC. — G.G.