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Posted Feb. 21, 2017, 3:50 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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Are you interested in pursuing a STEM program to work with animals? The animal-related careers in science, technology, engineering or math are as vast as the animal kingdom itself. Jobs requiring STEM skills vary depending on the type of animals and the working environment so it’s important to think about where you want to be and what you want to do. Before you pursue a college STEM program, you should be able to answer these questions: What kind of animals do you want to work with (domestic pets, livestock, birds, ocean animals)? What interests you the most (teaching, conservation, medicine, ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2017, 4 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Earth as seen from Vermont Tech's previous CubeSat satellite.

How many students can say they have worked on a satellite? At Vermont Technical College, one graduate student is getting the chance of a lifetime Vermont Tech’s CubeSat Laboratory is working with Morehead State University in Kentucky to build an elaborate satellite – called the Lunar IceCube – that will launch in 2018 and begin orbiting the moon. Vermont Tech is the only post-secondary technical college in Vermont and has residential campuses in Randolph Center and Williston. Students from all walks of life come to receive a top-notch, practical education. Looking for water on the moon Lunar IceCube is a ...

Posted Jan. 31, 2017, 12:14 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
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Let’s be practical. It’s great to be a student interested in science, technology, engineering and math, but where will the jobs be when you’re ready to step into the workforce? The good news, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is that many STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than the average. The government expects overall STEM employment (excluding health care) to grow about 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. That’s about 2 percent better than the rate overall. Health-care jobs add another big share. As many as 25 percent of all jobs will be in health care by ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Find Your Summer in TeenLife's Guide or at a Program Fair

Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond? TeenLife’s annual Guide to Overnight Summer Programs is a way to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun. At TeenLife, we know that a summer spent at camp, in an internship, learning a new skill, exploring a subject in depth or traveling to new ...

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 9:40 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Get Started on a Career in Sports Medicine

Sports medicine gives you the opportunity to mesh your love of sports with the wish to work in a health-related career. There are many different degree levels and specialities, ranging from fitness trainers with two-year associate degrees, to physicians with years of medical school specializing in treating sports injuries. Employment opportunities in this profession are expected to expand by 21 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - one of the fastest rates of growth of any healthcare field. What is sports medicine? In the simplest terms, sports medicine is helping people improve athletic ...

Posted June 17, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Pre-med in High School: How to Prepare for a Medical Career

What should high school students know before they commit to majoring in pre-med or search for the best teen pre-med programs? How can you find out if medicine is your true interest? What should you look for in a high-school summer medical program? High school is not too early to start thinking about pre-med. You can prepare academically, explore various careers in medicine and attend a medical or science summer camp program. Not only will these preparations help you decide if a career in medicine is for you, but they will look great on your high school resume and translate ...

Posted May 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Pastry chef? Illustrator? Diver? Yup, Those are STEM Careers

6 Unusual Careers for Future STEM Majors Many students assume that a STEM degree will lead to a career as an engineer or a researcher, but this is not always true. Science, technology, engineering and math degrees have many applications outside of what you might imagine when you are considering a course or, say a summer chemistry camp. Here are six careers you might not have imagined: 1. Medical illustrator Medical illustration combines the arts and science. Medical illustration is a small, highly competitive field, and most individuals who work in this area have a master’s degree in medical illustration. ...

Posted May 12, 2016, 1:18 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School

Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School Garrett Royce credits the Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) program at Vermont Tech for making his college career a success. The VAST program is an early college, independent high school exclusively for high school seniors who want to receive a high school diploma and complete a year of college at the same time. The fully accredited program is specifically for high school seniors with a strong ability in math and science. “The transition from being a high school student to becoming a college student was virtually a seamless one as a ...

Posted April 26, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
These 4 Big Scholarships Could Pay Your College Tuition

These 4 Big Scholarships Could Pay Your College Tuition Imagine heading to college with absolutely no money worries. Just one college scholarship and you cross that worry off the list and perhaps avoid a fat college loan. Of course, these scholarships are not for the faint of heart. They require some hard work and strong determination, but the end prize will be more than worth your effort. Students who are focused on winning money for college should consider these four opportunities. Paradigm ChallengeAmount: Up to $100,000Deadline: May 1, 2016 The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth innovation ...

Posted April 22, 2016, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer

8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer The school year is ending and if your high school student loves STEM, you need to move quickly to nail a spot in a chemistry camp, high school summer medical program, game-design summer camp, or another science, technology, engineering or math summer program. How do you find the right STEM summer camp for teens? Consider the program’s focus, its mentors and teachers, cost and financial aid, and how its curriculum or activities might boost the STEM skills your teen needs. For instance, is the program focused in the lab or out in ...

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