College STEM executives To address Biz Briefing

mainlogo  The President of Antelope Valley College and the director of AVC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs will address the Tuesday, Sept. 23 Business Briefing luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Hellenic Center in Lancaster.

unnamed                AVC President Ed Knudson and Christos Valiotis, professor of physics, chair of the Science Department and director for STEM grants, will share updated information on the progress of STEM education programs to provide regional employers with a “home-grown” workforce capable of meeting the demands for technological skills and abilities.

The greater Antelope Valley region, home to cutting edge aerospace private companies and federal research entities, is also seeing tremendous growth in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and alternative energy sectors. And continuation of that economic growth depends upon a highly trained technical workforce.

In order to help regional companies to recruit and retain STEM professionals to the high desert, the community, including the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and educational partners at every level, embraced challenges and opportunities Knudson and Valiotis will discuss at the luncheon.

Their presentation comes in advance of the 3rd annual STEMposium to be held this November.

Christos Valiotis has taught physics and engineering at AVC since 1997 and has directed numerous grants (NSF, Dept. of Ed) since 2000. He also is the chair of the organizing committee for the regional Science Olympiad competition and spends much of his time developing and leading K-12 teacher professional development activities.

In 2001, he reformed the college’s physics curriculum to incorporate active learning methodologies and project-based learning. He is a member of the Antelope Valley Mathematics Science Engineering and Technology consortium and actively participates in STEM-related community events, including support of middle and high school STEM academies.  In 2008, Valiotis won the prestigious statewide Hayward Award presented by the State Community College Board of Governors recognizing excellence in teaching and innovation.

Luncheon reservations received by the AV Board of Trade office by Monday, Sept. 22 are $20 per person. Day-of-event tickets are $25.  For reservations call the office at 661-947-9033, or email emily@avbot.org

The September luncheon program is hosted by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade STEM / Education Committee, co-chaired by Bob Johnstone and Ken Santarelli and Ed Knudson, and sponsored by our friends at Palmdale Aerospace Academy.

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