NASA program offered to Contra Costa College students

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NASA program offered to Contra Costa College students
U.S. Flag in the Cupola, Jun 18, 2015. (Photo credit: NASA)

NASA is offering up an out-of-this-world opportunity to Contra Costa College students.

NASA has selected CCC as its only Northern California campus for its National Community College Aerospace Scholar program, according to CCC.

As part of the opportunity, CCC seeks to recruit a cohort of about 60 CCC students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engingeering or math. Those student will receive an “authentic NASA learning experience” that incorporates an online course on NASA’s unique missions and research, an engineering design challenge, career networking and guidance. Some students will be selected to job shadow a NASA professional.

Recruitment for the program will begin in the coming weeks, according to CCC.

“We are so excited to be able to give our students this opportunity to learn directly from NASA,” said Rene Sporer, dean of Natural, Social and Applied Sciences. “Particularly about how the skills and talents they build at CCC can be put to work in exciting and fulfilling STEM careers.”

Dr. Kimberly Rogers, CCC’s acting president, called the program an “opportunity of a lifetime for CCC students.”

“With our talented STEM faculty and brand-new science building, the next generation of aerospace engineers, mathematicians… and actual rocket scientists may be in our own community,” Rogers said.