Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS)—SCCPSS is a Title I-designated high-needs district that serves 36,000 students in 50 schools (24 elementary, 7 K-8, 9 middle, and 10 high schools), including several schools in disadvantaged urban and inner city areas. Sixty-four percent (64%) of students are enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs, and 56% of students are African American. At 69.8%, the district’s graduation rate is lower than the state and national rates (71.5% and 74.7%, respectively). Standardized testing scores in math and science also lag behind state and national averages, and math and science scores among African American students are lower than scores among white students from the 1st through the 12th grades. Turnover among SCCPSS STEM faculty is about 12% annually or more than 38 teachers per year. In the Noyce Scholarship Program, the SCCPSS will provide opportunities for observation and other training activities for participants, and the district is expected to hire many, if not all, of our program graduates.
Savannah Technical College (STC) — STC is a two-year college in the Technical College System of Georgia. It is the region's leading provider of market-driven, quality technical and adult education. STC serves almost 4,700 students each term in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties, offering more than 100 certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs in a variety of fields. STC's STEM offerings include two associate degree programs, thirteen diploma programs in technology related fields, and many technical certificates in technology disciplines. In addition, many college-level courses are eligible for transfer to SSU. Many STC students are working full- or part-time and many are active or retired military.