National STEM Day
November 8 is National STEM Day! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and focuses on encouraging education in those four areas through fun and innovative methods in order to support a well-rounded U.S. workforce.
Capitol Tech is uniquely positioned as a leader in STEM education, with all degree programs focused on providing highly skilled graduates who are well prepared to enter jobs in the tech industry. As a result, over 80% of Capitol Tech’s B.S. graduates receive a job offer with a competitive salary in STEM fields within 90 days of graduation.
Founded in 1927 as the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute (CREI), Capitol Tech has long been focused on ensuring students are ahead of the technological curve. Following World War II, CREI became one of the first three technical institutes accredited by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development.
Capitol Tech’s multiple accreditations and recognitions support their dedication to STEM, with the university noted as an innovator in engineering by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and as a Center of Excellence in cybersecurity education by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
Responding to the needs of industry, Capitol Tech has implemented degree programs that support the ever-changing tech landscape. In the late 90s, a degree in software and internet applications was introduced to support the dot com boom. In 2001, Capitol Tech introduced master’s degrees in network security and information architecture. These master’s degree programs were available fully online, long before this was the standard.
The university has always had a strong focus on hands-on learning, going back to the CREI days. Some of the opportunities available to Capitol Tech students include:
- The Center for Cybersecurity Research and Analysis (CCRA) serves as the university hub for training, research, analysis, and programming in all things cybersecurity. CCRA gives students the opportunity to simulate cyberattacks and encounter real-life scenarios.
- The Space Flight Operations Training Center (SFOTC) allows students to simulate satellite flight, monitor telemetry, and learn how to resolve problems using virtual spacecraft in real-time. Students can also experience all aspects of spacecraft mission planning.
- Women In Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Critical Infrastructure Community (CIC) is focused on empowering a community of women in critical infrastructure cybersecurity careers in academia, government, and industry. WiCyS CIC provides opportunities for mentoring, networking, technical exchanges, and education.
Capitol Tech continues to be innovative with its degree programs and ensuring that industry needs are being met. The university is one of the only colleges in the nation currently offering a program in Cyber Analytics, a new in-demand career field, crossing Data Analytics with Cybersecurity and is one of the first schools to launch a degree in Cybersecurity.
Recognizing that it’s important to engage students in STEM from an early age, the university offers a STEM Outreach Center. Through various programs, the STEM Outreach Center supports STEM education in Maryland middle and high school students, as well as students from all over the region through their Jumpstart Juniors and Cyber Saturdays programs.