STEMM Idol Speaker Shares Insights with Students

Getting a head start on the college search can pay off for students.

“I suggest students start visiting colleges or, at least, compiling a list of schools they are interested in between their sophomore and junior years,” said Brandon Pytel, program coordinator at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Pytel recently visited CJ, as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series, to discuss career opportunities in engineering and applied sciences and share insights as to the college prep work that is needed to qualify for such programs.  Four credits of math, with a minimum of pre-calculus, three credits in science and a 3.75 GPA or better are just a few of the must-haves for competitive programs like those at the University of Cincinnati CEAS. 

The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science is a National Science Foundation Top 30 Public Research Institution. Their co-op program ranks among the top programs in the country, enabling more than 600 employers to connect with qualified engineering students. Programs include aerospace engineering, architectural engineering and biomedical engineering to name a few.

But taking advantage of those opportunities requires hard work and preparation. Pytel stressed the importance of students taking their high school academics seriously from Day 1.

“Higher education is getting incredibly competitive,” Pytel said. “You need to be proactive and make sure you are getting the right classes in.”

Chaminade Julienne has seen an increasing number of students attend UC in recent years from just two in 2013 to 18 this year.