In the fall of 2016, Aera made an investment in Bakersfield College (BC) that transformed an old maintenance facility into the Aera STEM Success Center, a state-of-the-art work space for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
Today, that formerly vacant building is a thriving spot for students to excel in their chosen STEM field. The center incorporates modern technology, computers, printing and plotting services with ample space for dedicated individual study areas, group study rooms and even offers supplemental instruction.
The ultimate purpose of the STEM Success Center is to promote STEM careers and prepare students to compete for jobs that can increase their quality of life and strengthen the local economy.
“There is a great need in the workplace for talented men and women in these fields,” said Consuelo Gonzalez, current BC staff member supervising the STEM center. “The success center has helped produce over 2,300 STEM majors. Up from an estimated 1,800 in 2016.”
Open every Monday and Tuesday evening, the center provides tutoring, educational and employment planning and speaker series talks in many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geology, math and engineering.
The center is also home to the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, a national program that is changing the face of STEM by propelling historically underrepresented groups toward degrees and careers in the fields.
Aera believes supporting student success is one of the best investments we can make as a company. Increasing access to higher education and opportunities for students to pursue STEM-related careers helps build an educated and prepared technical workforce.