2020 STEM Conference

​​Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus
Pipeline and Pathways Program
2020 STEM Conference

Revolutionizing the STEM Pipeline: Promoting Diversity, Access, Persistence and Success


Welcome Pipeline and Pathways Students and Staff

Offered as part of a PBI Grant and the Impact at Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus

Dr. Lisa Copprue, Vice President Student Development and Enrollment Services
Dr. Joe Seabrooks, President, Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus


This conference will be presented virtually and will be available on-demand beginning the week of Sept. 21, 2020. All presentations are pre-recorded.


Conference Presentations

  • LaTasha StarrInstructional specialist, Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus

The six-week Pipeline and Pathways (P2) summer internship successfully recruited the largest number of student participation to date, via a virtual platform. In the midst of a pandemic, more than 30 students, from various academic institutions (i.e., Desoto High, Lancaster High, Cedar Valley College, etc.) participated in a unique virtual internship. Each week, students completed AutoCAD and Python assignments and sharpened their skills in both coding and graphic design. In addition to academic development, the internship included a professional development component. Students received applicable industry advice from engineers and computer scientists across the country, who are leaders at companies such as IBM, Lockheed Martin and FedEx.

  • LaTasha StarrInstructional specialist, Dallas College-Cedar Valley
  • Johnny McKenzieInstructional specialist, Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus

This presentation takes an in-depth look at strategies to engage students in the learning process and focuses on creating opportunities for inquiry, investigation, research and resolution. As a result of the PBI Grant, a Project-Based Learning Library was created as a resource for STEM educators interested in engaging students beyond the traditional classroom setting. The STEM Resource Guide was also developed to highlight extended learning opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to promote access and exposure for students to STEM.

  • Tammie WilkerInstructional specialist, Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus

Discover how the PBI Grant has impacted the Cedar Valley Automotive and Diesel Programs by providing full-time and part-time staff and interns.

  • Steven JohnsonInstructional specialist, Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus

K-12 education plays a critical role in preparing students to pursue careers in STEM. Steven Johnson discusses the phenomenon from the perspective of a former engineer and school district teacher and administrator. The presentation offers an inside glimpse of STEM education and stresses the practical measures to promote diversity in STEM.

  • Paula WareCEO, Urban Schools Collaborative – Houston

An in-depth look at the effects of mass incarceration being used as a means to punish and reprimand students in public schools, which causes subliminal division amongst peers and amongst others. It is obvious the lines of distance, distress and destruction are mocked by socially incarcerating our youth with false and mass punishments. Paula Ware identifies it as, “The One Bad Apple Mindset.”

  • Dr. Jey VeerasamyDirector, UT-Dallas Center for Computer Science Education and Outreach

The Center for CS Education and Outreach is part of the Computer Science department at the University of Texas at Dallas. Center has been conducting more than 100 summer coding camps for the community and after-school coding clubs in more than 50 schools during the school year, since 2014. Additionally, the center hosts industry professionals regularly for technical presentations and workshops for UTD students, in reality, they are open to all. Visit Meetup.com (Center for CS Education and Outreach) or Facebook (Center for CS Education and Outreach) for a list of events and more information.


For more than two decades the American Institute for Leadership Development and Training has focused on solving the problems of education and economic inequities plaguing underserved communities in the U.S. We have modeled and prototyped several successful programs to address these issues. Our most successful programs involve helping African American males between the ages of 12-24 identify and leverage existing community resources to build careers in STEM-related industries.

In this session, Dallas College students share their experiences from participating in the spring 2020 mINiTERN program. The mINiTERN program provides real-world business experience and skills to students in a 10-week program where students, working with a team advisor, act as a consulting team to evaluate a company or industry issue. Students interact weekly sharing project plans, questions and findings with host company employees. Project teams present their analysis and strategic recommendations to the host company through a formal end-of-project presentation.


Texas Instruments is also granting access to the 2020 International Conference Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3).