Q1: Who is eligible for the program?
A2: Any student recently accepted for admission or currently enrolled at Normandale Community College can apply as long as the student:
- Is committed to pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or a secondary teaching degree with a focus on STEM education
- Has a high school diploma or a GED
- Has two current letters of recommendation, one from a teacher who is familiar with academic capabilities and another from a teacher/counselor/advisor or professional person who can attest to potential in chosen field of study
- Is committed to program participation for approximately two academic years
Q2: What are the participation requirements for scholarship recipients?
A2: Students who are accepted into the Normandale Academy of Math and Science agree to:
- Attend Normandale Community College for approximately TWO consecutive years following acceptance into the program
- Pursue a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or a secondary teaching degree with a focus on STEM education
- Maintain a competitive college GPA (3.0 or above is considered competitive in STEM-related fields)
- Be enrolled full time (12 or more credits) at Normandale Community College each semester
- Attend all required Academy meetings
- Schedule and attend all individual meetings with their advisor
- Actively participate in all individual and cohort learning and development activities whether they are in person or online
- Actively participate in self and program assessments, during their time in program and after transfer
Q3: What kind of student is sought for the Academy?
A3: The Normandale Community College Academy of Math and Science is looking for students who have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, particularly students who may need academic, social, developmental (in terms of student success) or modest financial support to succeed. In trying to meet the overwhelming shortages of math and science educators we also seek students interested in becoming secondary STEM teachers. In doing so, we especially want to support populations historically underrepresented in STEM-related fields by targeting recruitment efforts on:
- Students of color
- Children of immigrant parents or students who are themselves immigrants
- Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
- Students whose parents did not attend college
- Women interested in STEM disciplines
- Students interested in becoming a secondary teaching degree with a focus on STEM education
Q4: What is the mission of the Academy?
A4: The mission of the Academy is to:
- Leverage the strength of Normandale Community College in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and teacher education
- Encourage students to explore STEM careers, including careers in medicine, pharmacy, and biomedical sciences and careers as secondary teaching degree with a focus on STEM education
- Provide student support for students with an interest in STEM fields and/or with an aptitude for math and science
- Provide a total commitment to each student's success
- Demonstrate tangible, measurable results
Q5: What are the Program's "Keys to Success"?
A5: The Academy of Math and Science provides student participants with the following keys to success:
- A scholarship of up to $3000 in tuition support for each cohort member, based on financial need and other aid received, to offset the cost of attending Normandale full time
- An advisor to provide academic and personal support, mentoring, tutoring, and academic and student service coordination
- A cohort, or group of students, for peer support and participation in a learning community
- A Student and Professional Success Skills Development Series (Curriculum) that includes modules on navigating higher education systems, time management, study skills development, test preparation, scholarly research and writing workshops, leadership development, career and personal development, financial management, college transfer preparation, and scholarship and financial aid research workshops
Q6: Admittance into the Academy will be based on the cumulative results of what specified criteria?
A6: Admittance into the Academy will be based on the following criteria:
- High School diploma or GED (verified by transcripts or other official documentation)
- High school (and/or college) GPA (verified by transcripts), and/or commitment to maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program
- Letters of recommendation from at least one teacher (professor) with whom you have studied and/or a counselor, advisor or professional person such as an employer
- Indicated potential and commitment as well as sincerity to pursue a career in STEM demonstrated in student essay
- Demonstrated commitment to Academy participant criteria