Press Release: Science Teacher to Receive New Haven Manufacturing Award - CAREER HIGH SCHOOL CREATES COURSE IN STEM CAREERS

NEW HAVEN – Peter Dimoulas, science teacher at Hill Career Regional High School will be honored by the New Haven Manufacturers’ Association in helping students investigate careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields as part of a new course this fall.
The class, STEM Careers, is a half-year program for sophomores, juniors and seniors that will provide students with valuable first-hand experience in some of the fastest growing STEM-related occupations in Connecticut. They will work with local businesses to see what life is like as a professional in an array of STEM-related jobs, such as a chemist, biologist, machinist, and engineer.
The new course is one of several initiatives in which New Haven Public Schools is teaming up with other community organizations, such as the New Haven Manufacturers’ Association (NHMA), the Office for STEM Innovation and Leadership (STEM-IL) at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), CONNSTEP and the New Haven Science Fair. SCSU and the City of New Haven also recently announced a BioScience Pathway partnership.
“We are proud to be working with our community partners to ensure that our students are not only aware of exciting career and educational opportunities available to graduates among the local business and educational community, but also that they possess the skills and knowledge required to be successful,” said Peter Dimoulas, coordinator of the Career High School program. “These collaborative efforts simultaneously address the needs of local businesses and contribute to the greater community by elevating student success.”
Dimoulas will be honored with an award from NHMA later this month for his role in developing cutting-edge STEM opportunities and programs at Career, such as this new course. The award will be made at the July 28 Manufacturing and Materials Summer Institute at Southern Connecticut State University, at which Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell will speak (11:30 am at the SCSU School of Business) 
“At Southern, one of our goals is to assist area schools in the development of courses and programs that will bolster the sciences in Connecticut,” said Christine Broadbridge, director of STEM initiatives at SCSU and a coordinator of the summer institute. “Since participating in the Institute’s first offering, Peter has worked tirelessly to promote STEM at Career, and more broadly, throughout the region. His work with the local business community is a stellar example of the kind of teamwork that we are trying to achieve. The promotion of STEM is becoming increasingly important as jobs in the STEM fields are projected to grow dramatically in the decades ahead.”
Richard Therrien, science supervisor for the New Haven Public Schools, agreed. “Peter richly deserves this award for taking the initiative to make sure our students have the opportunity to explore the STEM fields,” Therrien said. “We want to increase the number of students selecting STEM careers and develop programs in the schools to help them do so.” 
Other recent partnerships involving Career include working with the CRISP (Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena) Collaborative Science for All, a team of educators and researchers who seek to provide STEM opportunities for students, as well as professional development programs for teachers and administrators.