As Director of the Title V Cooperative grant, Liz Ramos manages a $3.5 million federal-grant-funded program to help students become more successful as STEM majors (that is, majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). “Improving the Pipeline in STEM Education” is a collaboration between Union County College and New Jersey City University to help students earn an associate’s degree at the College and then transfer to NJCU to earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond. Ms. Ramos says, “Our primary focus is to improve student transfer and retention in STEM by virtue of the STEM Teacher Education program articulation agreement with NJCU. The program features STEM supplemental instruction along with career and academic workshops.” Ms. Ramos says the program’s success depends on having a committed faculty as well as students who are dedicated to learning. “Student success depends on relationships and our faculty have done outstanding work building close teacher-learner bonds with our STEM students.” Ms. Ramos has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Elizabeth and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in college student affairs.
Union County College has a remarkable history as New Jersey’s first community college. We are known for excellence among regional colleges and universities.