Cerritos College News Releases 2011

Cerritos College Pathway Programs Host Middle and High School Summer STEM Workshops

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Middle school students operating their robots in the robotics workshopNORWALK, Calif. - August 10, 2011 - Cerritos College's Pathway Programs hosted middle school and high school students in summer workshops.
The summer camps provided the participating students from the several school districts with enrichment activities that introduced them to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

"This is the second year that we teach robotics to middle and high school students on Cerritos College campus," said Sandra Bruesch, who helps students in the robotics class.

Since June, workshops covering topics such as robotics, solidworks and career exploration have been offered at no cost to the middle and high school students.

The robotics workship had an in-class competition on July 13, where President Dr. Linda Lacy and Board of Trustees Member Bob Arthur joined to see what students were learning. Participating students will be competing at the VEX Robotics competition later this year, according to Bruesch.

Robotics lectureThe summer enrichment program was funded by the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70/SB1133) Grant provided by the Economic and Workforce Development Department of the California Community College Chancellor's Office.

"The purpose of the summer camp is to provide middle school and high school students enrichment activities that introduce them to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)," said Maggie Cordero, director of Pathway Programs.

Cerritos College's Pathway Programs aim to create career pathways for youth and adults and assist them in career development and furthering education.


Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.