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STEM-H Programs

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What is STEM and STEM-H?

You’ve probably heard people talk about STEM jobs and STEM programs, and you may have wondered – what is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Here at John Tyler, we use STEM-H, with the H standing for Health Care.

Why is everyone talking about STEM or STEM-H? Why does it matter?

Skills tied to the STEM-H fields are vital to innovation and to economic growth, and the number of jobs related to STEM-H is growing. Unfortunately, the number of students majoring in these fields is not keeping pace. If this trend continues, American companies will not be able to find qualified workers and the U.S. will find it more difficult to compete in the global economy. Another concern facing the U.S. is the need for teachers skilled in educating students in the STEM-H fields.

What is John Tyler Community College doing about it?

John Tyler Community College is committed to providing educational opportunities that will prepare students for careers related to STEM-H – whether they want to seek immediate employment after graduating from Tyler or they want to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Our Majors

John Tyler offers a number of STEM-H majors ranging from Engineering, Precision Machining and Mechanical Engineering Technology to Information Technology, Nursing, and a Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in Mathematics and Science. See a complete list of our STEM-H majors.

Partnership Programs

It is important for our students to enjoy a wide variety of experiences as they pursue their educations. One way to do that is through internships and summer programs. John Tyler has partnerships with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Virginia State University (VSU) that provide Tyler students with exciting opportunities.

STEM-H in the Summer at John Tyler
Tyler and its partners offer a number of summer camp and class opportunities for upper elementary through high school students who want to discover more about science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care.

Robert Noyce Scholarship Fund – VCU
This collaboration between John Tyler Community College and VCU’s School of Education, School of Engineering and College of Humanities and Science is for STEM majors interested in becoming future math and science teachers in high-need school districts. Those who choose a career in teaching can earn a starting salary of up to $40,000 with a bachelor’s degree or up to $42,000 with a master’s degree. The Robert Noyce Scholarship Fund at VCU program provides summer internship opportunities for John Tyler students as well as scholarship opportunities for Tyler grads ready to transfer to VCU to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a John Tyler STEM major with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
  • Have a passing Praxis I, a SAT score of 1100, or an ACT score of 24 or higher.
  • Be committed to teaching in a high-need urban or rural district.

To learn more, watch our video about the program, or contact Cathleen McCarthy-Burke, STEM-H coordinator, at or Dr. Roy Kaplan, professor of chemistry, at

Central Virginia Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship Program – Virginia State University (VSU)
The Central Virginia Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship Program (CVUMSP) is a partnership between Virginia State University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Professional Education Program Unit, John Tyler Community College and other institutions. The CVUMSP helps to identify and prepare talented students to become future middle or high school mathematics teachers in high-need districts. This program provides scholarships opportunities for John Tyler grads interested in becoming math teachers and who want to transfer to VSU to complete their bachelor’s degrees. The program also offers summer internship opportunities for current Tyler students.

To be eligible for the CVUMSP Summer Internship, applicants must:

  • Be a US citizen, US national, or have permanent residence status.
  • Be a rising senior high school student, two-year college student, or university undergraduate.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the applicant’s current school.
  • Have an interest in teaching mathematics at the middle/high school level.

The opportunities offered by the CVUMSP might be of particular interested to students enrolled in Tyler’s General Studies, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in Mathematics and Science degree program.

For more information about the CVUMSP opportunities available to Tyler students, contact Ken Williams, associate professor of mathematics, at

Information may also be found in this brochure from VSU.

VCU Bridges to the Baccalaureate Dream-to-Goal Program (DTG)

The DTG program is a partnership between VCU, John Tyler and other institutions. The program gives those interested in pursuing a career in science a chance to participate in a multi-year summer program that teaches students about laboratory research techniques and gives them a chance to use those skills in research labs at VCU. DTG also provides students with the opportunity to participate in an internship in which they’ll work on an independent research project.

In conjunction with this program, John Tyler now offers BIO 170 Biotechnology Methods. Students who sign up for this class at JTCC will learn the same research skills taught during VCU’s summer program, and those who complete the course will be eligible to participate in a summer research internship at VCU.

This DTG program might be of particular interest to Tyler students who are in the General Studies, Science Specialization degree program.

Tyler students interested in learning more about the DTG program should contact Dr. Shijian Chu, assistant professor of biology, at

STEM Takes Flight Scholarship Program
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) offers $5,000 scholarships to students attending any community college in Virginia and majoring in STEM.

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Virginia State University - Altria Scholarship for Logistics
This collaboration between John Tyler Community College and VSU’s School of Engineering and Technology is for students majoring in the General Studies, Logistics Specialization who are interested in pursuing a four-year degree in Information Logistics Technology at VSU.  Those who choose a career in Logistics can earn a median income of $72,780 per year with a bachelor's degree. The Altria Scholarship Fund at VSU currently provides opportunities for Tyler grads ready to transfer to VSU to pursue their bachelor’s degree in Information Logistics Technology.  Eligible students must be a John Tyler General Studies,Logistics Specialization major with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).  Annual scholarship awards range between $2,000 and $5,000. To learn more, contact Dr. Ephrem Eyob at

Tobacco Region Scholarships
If you live in Amelia, Dinwiddie or Sussex counties, you may qualify for a scholarship that covers tuition and fees for STEM-H majors at John Tyler Community College. Learn more.


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