Advocates

“This will be a tremendous resource to inspire students in STEM education and countless choices for their careers… It’s a significant win for the state of Michigan as well. It will further strengthen our unmatched talent pipeline in the country.”

Tony Vernaci
President, Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan

“Our day-to-day world integrates technology and science into our everyday lives at increasing rates every year. For that reason and many others, providing young Americans with the opportunity to experience real-world science and technology provides lifelong benefits.

That’s why Texas State Technical College hosts two Challenger Learning Centers. They are a place that inspires our youth and emboldens their imagination. Centers ignite the potential by providing the skills for success in an increasingly technical world.

Thanks to SC4, the students in Michigan will have these benefits, too!”

Mike Reeser, Chancellor & CEO
Texas State Technical College

“I am thrilled about the opportunities this center is going to provide for our students to engage in hands-on STEM experiences that are embedded in authentic (and exciting!) experiences. Exploring space sparks the imagination of both youth and adults — having a connection to explore these different careers and applications of content in such an immersive way will be transformative for kids, teachers and parents. “

Dr. Sarah Keenan-Lechel, Ph.D.
MiSTEM Network Regional Director

“The Challenger project within SC4’s walls will be the pride of the community,” he said. “It’s the first of its kind in Port Huron and the only one in Michigan. SC4 students and the community will have the resources and tools to be prodigious!”

Don Caluya, SC4 alumnus, currently pursuing master’s degree
Current Employee of The Boeing Company and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Robert G. Sargent, SC4 alumnus
Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University

“There’s a great and growing need for STEM professionals in a wide variety of industries, service organizations such as health care, and government. The Challenger Learning Center at SC4, combined with the College’s programming offerings and transfer pathways, will provide Michigan and Ontario residents with a go-to place to learn more about STEM, explore and engage, and pursue career paths they may never have imagined possible.”

Robert G. Sargent, SC4 alumnus

Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University

“The Challenger Learning Center at SC4 is a unique opportunity for students to engage like scientists as they explore STEM through the wonder of space. This asset to the community focuses not only on subject area learning, but also immerses students in 21st century skills of teamwork and collaboration. SC4’s leadership in bringing The Challenger Learning Center to the community shows their commitment and dedication to enhancing STEM literacy for all students.”

Kathy Surd, Ed.S.
MiSTEM Network Project Coordinator
Former President of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network
Alumnus Robert Hilgendorf

“Career paths are often ordered by one special moment. I believe that moment for many students in our community, Southeastern Michigan and beyond will come as a result of the Challenger Learning Center. Generating excitement about STEM careers and education provides a pathway for our future… and that future starts with opportunities such as this. SC4 has always strived to prepare the next generation of STEM professionals and this is the perfect complement to that effort. What an awesome addition to SC4 and a huge win for our entire area.”  

Robert Hilgendorf, SC4 alumnus
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program participant

“SC4 is going to change lives by introducing youngsters to these STEM opportunities.”


Molly Kathleen McCoy
Director of Sales & Client Services, East Region
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