STEM certificate helps prepare students for jobs of the future

Penn State York is continuing to offer the Chancellor’s Honor Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), designed to provide students with the skills they need for jobs in the 21st century.  Studies have shown that the demand for students with STEM degrees continues to grow. The certificate is designed for high school students taking part in the dual enrollment program.

Through dual enrollment, high school students can earn college credit while still in high school. A variety of courses are available at the campus for dual enrollment and courses toward the STEM certificate are included. High school juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and qualifying Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores are eligible to take part in the program. 

High school students may receive a scholarship in the amount of 50 percent of the tuition for up to 8 credits per semester for the courses in the certificate. As long as a student maintains a grade of C or better in each course, they can remain in the program. Credits earned under the provisions of this program are valid at any Penn State location and may be transferred to other institutions based on their requirements.

The STEM certificate provides four academic tracks of study: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All students will take three core courses, math, communication arts and sciences, and information sciences and technology. Then, based on their area of interest, they will choose from other courses including biology, computer science, math and engineering design.

Students who have graduated from high school may not participate in the dual enrollment program.

For more information concerning the STEM certificate, visit the Penn State York website at Those interested can also contact Shaun Turner, director of Admissions at Penn State York, at 717-771-4040 or [email protected], for registration and other information; or Jeff Warner, director of Continuing Education at 717-771-4105 or, for information regarding course locations off campus.