Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
STEM at Lawson State Community College
Lawson State Community College (LSCC) host several Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs that provide students the opportunity explore a variety of career paths in STEM. Beginning at the high school level LSCC provides a STEM enrichment program, followed by a STEM bridge program, concluding with a STEM Scholar and Learning Community program. These programs provide the basis for a growing effort at Lawson to produce the next generation of innovators, scientist, and engineers enhancing workforce development.
Promoting Careers in STEM through the 2-Pi STEM Program
The National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and University Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the Nation's STEM workforce. The 2-Pi STEM program provides support for the implementation of comprehensive institutional strategies to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in ways that improve access to and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. 2-Pi STEM consist of three distinct programs designed to recruit and retain STEM majors, while enhancing their STEM college experience. The three core programs are the STEM Scholars and Learning Community component, The Summer Enrichment Institute, and the STEM Bridge Pathways Program. Each program provide students the opportunity to explore STEM career paths.
Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The overarching goal of the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GA-AL LSAMP) is to increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented minority (URM) students who earn associate and baccalaureate degrees. The alliance is comprised of nine member institutions: Clark Atlanta University (lead institution) Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, the University of West Georgia, Paine College, Spelman College, Lawson State Community College, and Drake State Technical College.
Dr. Calvin Briggs, STEM Director
Dr. Calvin Briggs is Co-Pi and Director of the Pathways into STEM (2-Pi STEM) and site coordinator for the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GA-AL LSAMP) programs at Lawson State Community College, funded by the National Science foundation. Dr. Briggs develops and implements activities to increase and retain the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM career paths. He is the former president of the Alabama Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and serves on the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology and Engineering Coalition (AMSTEC) board, a network of dedicated state business, education, and public policy stakeholders working for systemic change in STEM education. Dr. Briggs regularly presents at national and regional conferences, sharing STEM best practices, student retention and success strategies. His research explores the mathematics identity, self-efficacy, and achievement among African American Males, retention of underrepresented minorities, and STEM leadership. In addition, Dr. Briggs applies best practices that emerge from his “2-Pi STEM” conceptual model. The model illustrates guided pathways to success in STEM and broader participation of underrepresented minorities through student enrichment, mentoring and advising, recruitment, research and collaboration driven by “intrusive advising.”
2-Pi STEM/GA-AL LSAMP Program
Lawson State Community College
3060 Wilson Road, S.W.
Birmingham, AL 35221