Southwest Florida colleges have rolled out 20 new degree programs in health care and information technology.
The additions mean 51 percent of 230 majors offered locally fall within the state’s designation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Many more, like education majors who specialize in biology or criminal justice majors who study forensics, include elements of STEM.
“Virtually every workforce degree has a STEM component to it,” said John Meyer, dean of business and technology at Florida SouthWestern State College, formerly Edison State.
But how many of those graduating with degrees in STEM fields will stick around?