The STEM Academy provides students with an introduction to engineering and the skills critical to be competitive in today’s global workplace. Utilizing the nationally recognized “Project Lead the Way (PLTW): pathway to engineering” curriculum, students will apply classroom learning to investigate individual interests. Primary focus is placed on the product design process, robotics, and the incorporation of advanced technologies like 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, and laser engraving/cutting. Through mentorship opportunities, job shadowing, and interaction with industry representatives, academy students will be exposed to multiple career paths and post secondary courses of study.
Industrial Engineering Technician, Civil Engineer Technician, Environmental Engineering Technician, Electronic Engineering Technician, Computer Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer.
What We Do
The STEM academy is a dynamic learning environment that simulates the facilities students can expect to experience in post secondary programs and industry. Students will utilize the most advanced technologies to engage in problem/project-based activities that model engineering principles.
Brian Narkewicz joined Stafford in the fall of 2014 teaching Project Lead the Way curriculum. Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont. Brian is a native Vermonter and has worked since graduation as an Engineer in Construction and Manufacturing environments. He is a father of three grown children and is enthused to have the opportunity to help shape our growing youth.
Courtney Casey, Class of 2015
Stafford ended up being like a second home. I looked forward to coming to class everyday because you don’t just sit there and stare at a book, you get hands on experience, which was really helpfull for me to completely understand what I was learning.
Program Advisory Committee
|David Dunn||Green Mountain Power|
|David Sunderland||Carris Reels|
|William Welch||GE Aviation|
Dual Enrollment/College Credits
Articulation/Co-Curricular Enrollment: New Hampshire Technical Institute – up to 15 credits, Rochester Institute of Technology – up to 12 credits.
OSHA 10 General Industry Certification, Autodesk Inventor user certification, American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED
Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.
Average Career Salaries
|Industrial Engineering Technician||$53,780|
|Civil Engineer Technician||$49,260|
|Environmental Engineering Technician||$48,650|
|Electronic Engineering Technician||$61,130|
*Average Salaries taken from the Department of Labor (dol.gov).
Requirements For This Program
Recommended Prerequisites: college preparatory coursework; Algebra 2 (or can take concurrently with STEM); able to work as part of a team; strong interpersonal skills; effective communication skills; proficient with technology
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 12