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Ten PCCC Students Chosen for Onsite NASA Workshops

Posted March 22, 2018 

Ten PCCC students touched down recently from an on-site technical workshop at NASA.

The workshop was phase two of their experience in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program (NCAS), a unique program administered by the space agency to offer community college students an opportunity to learn from NASA experts.

“It’s an out-of-this-world opportunity for students, no matter what their future career choice will be,” said Professor Dennis Reer, the director of PCCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) department

Though most of the NCAS scholars from PCCC are majoring in STEM fields, some are not, but they still gain tremendously from the program, said Professor Reer. “Being a NASA scholar is a fantastic boost to any student’s resume,” he added.

This is the second year PCCC has participated in the selective NCAS program which chooses from applicants across the country. Last November, 35 PCCC students were accepted, the largest cohort from any single college for a single term, according to NASA (Read more)

All 35 participated in phase one of the program which consists of a 5-week online learning experience with NASA scientists and engineers, followed by a student project which is submitted to NASA for evaluation.

From those submissions, NASA selects students for phase two, a 4-day, all-expenses paid workshop at a NASA location where students have the opportunity to tour the facility, learn about the day-to-day activities as well as future projects at the space agency, and network with both NASA staff and other NCAS scholars from all over the country. 

The ten PCCC students attended technical workshops at various times throughout the month of February. Five of them attended NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and five went to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.  (See photo at the top of the page).

Phase two also requires students to be interviewed by NASA. The overall results of a scholar’s performance, projects, and interview may lead to a coveted summer internship with NASA.

Good luck and congratulations to all our PCCC NASA scholars!

To learn more about NCAS at PCCC, please call Carlo Ontenada at 973-684-8092