You’ve probably heard of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — careers, but how do you actually get into the industry?
This week in our Your Neighborhood series, a local nonprofit organization explains that it starts at a young age. They’re helping kids across Metro Detroit learn early.
“I started, like, loving it,” said high school senior Devon Isaac. “I don’t know what happened but I fell in love with the program.”
Isaac spends time outside of school learning about science, technology, engineering and math. The 17-year-old is one of nearly 11,000 Metro Detroit students involved with DAPCEP, a nonprofit organization focusing on STEM careers.
“I want to study environmental science,” Isaac said. “DAPCEP gave me a confidence to take harder classes because I never would have taken an AP class.”
The Detroit Area Pre College Engineering Program has been helping students find their way in the STEM field for 43 years. Executive Director Michelle Reaves understands how important this is.
“Because that’s really the way of the world at this point,” she said. “It’s really important for kids to start as early as possible learning about various STEM fields.”