STEM outreach programs. Ranken Technical College offers several STEM outreach programs that contribute to the enrichment and economic development of the community and align with its mission statement and values. The NSF ATE grant awarded in 2011, allowed Ranken to expand and grow its STEM program repertoire to serve new and diverse groups within the K-12 community. It also fueled the creation of new alliances.
Dual Enrollment Program. Eligible high school seniors who meet the college entrance requirements are admitted into the Dual Enrollment Program during the final semester of their graduating year. These students can earn college credit while satisfying their diploma requirements. Ranken has enrolled 128 local high school students in the program since 2010. Eighteen students have graduated from the program, with 17 students currently on track to graduate. Ranken also participates in a Department of Education experimental program that allows dual enrollment students to apply for Pell Grants.
FIRST Robotics Programs. FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics is a growing program in Eastern Missouri. Ranken supports many local FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FTC) teams to prepare them for competition.
SkillsUSA Program. This national program invites high school seniors and post-secondary students to test their technical competencies in many disciplines. Contestants are judged on their performance level, expedience, and craft knowledge.
Summer Adventure Academies. The Summer Adventure Academies program promotes career exploration and STEM education for students in summer camp experiences, exposing them to technical skills, encouraging them to complete high school, and inspiring them to pursue higher education in STEM-related disciplines,
Summer High School Internship Program. This program is for graduating high school seniors who are enrolled to begin a Ranken in the fall. It provides an opportunity for summer campus employment while students acclimate to college life.
Summer STEM Academies for Educators Program. This professional development program consists of week-long courses, delivering 40 hours of instruction in STEM technology, career preparation, and how to integrate technology into their classroom curriculum.