New College Spotlight: The Cooper Union

New York City is home to nearly one hundred universities and colleges spread throughout the vast metropolitan area. Some of them - like NYU and Columbia - you can probably name off the top of your head. However, the island of Manhattan is home to a bevy of exceptional schools that may not necessarily be household names outside of the Big Apple.

We’ve recently partnered with one such school, The Cooper Union, to help them sort through the city's and region’s college-bound students and personally connect with those whose academic aspirations match The Cooper Union’s mission.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art was founded in the mid-1850’s by industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper. Particularly known for its architecture, art, and engineering programs, Cooper Union envisions itself as an institution dedicated to preparing students to make enlightened contributions to society. True to this mission, the college awards every admitted student with a scholarship.

STEM Premier is excited to be working with such an esteemed institution. It is consistently recognized for its academic programs, and it was recently named #1 among Regional Colleges North by U.S. News And World Report. We recently caught up with Abby Davis, Assistant Director of Admissions at Cooper Union, who told us a bit more about the college and how they intend to utilize STEM Premier.

Tell us a little bit about The Cooper Union and its mission
Cooper Union was founded in 1859 with the radical notion that education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of race, religion, or gender, so that they could improve their employment opportunities.

What does The Cooper Union look for in prospective students?
Students need to know that they want to study one of the three majors we offer - architecture, visual arts, or engineering. Important traits include time management ability, maturity, and independence.

What is the student experience like on campus?
Students at Cooper Union are driven, focused, and passionate. With an enrollment of fewer than 1000 students, students get to know their classmates well and also get to work one on one with faculty members. It is an intimate experience in the heart of downtown Manhattan.

How will STEM Premier change the way The Cooper Union recruits?
STEM Premier can help us reach well-qualified students who live in places where Cooper Union is less well known.

There are a plethora of colleges, schools, and universities in Manhattan. How will STEM Premier help The Cooper Union stand out from the rest?
The personalized connection STEM Premier provides throughout the recruitment process mirrors the type of educational environment we foster at Cooper.

ACE Mentor Program is Building the Foundation for Students Interested in the Design and Construction Industry

They say that the best way to learn how to do something is to just do it.

That simple advice represents the philosophy behind the approach of The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., our newest partner in the effort to enhance STEM education and career pathways for students across the U.S.

ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) is a mentorship program which pairs teams of high school students with practicing professionals drawn from all segments of  the design and construction industry. Student teams work on a design project as their mentors advise them on practical, real-world techniques, roles, and terminology used in the industry.

ACE affiliates or chapters operate in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The student and mentor teams meet after school about 15 times during the academic year to collaborate on simulated, but realistic design projects which they present at the conclusion of the year. No fees are required. 

Since 1994 -- the year of ACE’s inception -- more than 30,000 students have participated in the program. Afterwards, many have remained involved with the organization through their mentor relationships and professional opportunities.

In addition to its core mission of mentoring, ACE also offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing architecture, construction, and engineering in college or skilled crafts programs. To date, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to deserving students.

ACE focuses primarily on students who seek careers in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management as well as mechanical, structural, electrical, environmental, and civil engineering. With thousands of students on STEM Premier’s platform who are interested in these specific vocations, we are proud to be partners with The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., and we hope to learn much from each other as we work together towards creating career pathways for these students. After all, the best way to learn is to do.

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