James Madison University has partnered with Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), Bridgewater College (BC), Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), SRI Inc., and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to address the challenges of building additional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related major enrollments and retaining students to program completion. The National Science Foundation awarded the partners nearly $1.5 million to meet this goal.
The focus for Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors, is to increase the number of STEM related majors at the four institutions. The project will accomplish this goal by better preparing entering students for collegiate mathematics and supporting their pursuit and completion of STEM degrees and potential careers through the following activities:
- An innovative, four week, STEM-focused residential program (Summer Bridge Program)
- Collaborative Learning Club
- Corporate Connections
- K-12 outreach
- A Faculty Professional Development Program