GCC & UH launch STEM workshop

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About 18 participants from Hawaii, American Samoa, Yap, Pohnpei and more were in attendance.

Guam – The Guam Community College and the University of Hawaii collaborated for a two day workshop to reduce cultural barriers in STEM.

STEM is the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

According to Joni Kerr, an Associate Professor at GCC, the workshop aims to progress the Marianas islands in completing STEM degrees. About 18 participants from Hawaii, American Samoa, Yap, Pohnpei and more were in attendance.

Dr. Michael Hadfield from the University of Hawaii, there are a myriad of cultural aspects that oftentimes hinder students seeking STEM degrees.

“We’re really not trying to focus on the economic barriers and the geographical barriers which are immense, but what are the events that come from the island cultures that reducing the number of people in STEM fields. So, this workshop really focuses on STEM vs. culture and what are those cultural barriers,” Hadfield said.