By Brian Reinhart
Interested in a career in engineering, science or technology? Students attending a Dallas Community College have the opportunity to join the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program. NCAS encourages students to finish their degrees and pursue a NASA-related field or career.
What is the course? NCAS is a five-week online course in June and July. Successful students are selected to make a four-day onsite trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
During the online course, students interact with NASA scientists and engineers, as well as classmates from around the country, and help design a mission to Mars. Successful completion makes a student eligible for the trip to Houston, which involves working on a team project with NASA engineer mentors, attending briefings by scientists and taking a tour of the Space Center.
Who can participate? To participate, a student must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a high school graduate. Students must be registered at a community college during the application process and the project, with at least nine hours of study in a STEM discipline. (It’s okay if you are still finishing up those nine hours of study.)
How much does it cost? This program is funded to help students of all income levels succeed, so the total cost is just $30. NASA pays for all travel expenses, although students may wish to bring extra money for snacks and souvenirs. Applications for summer 2016 are due on June 1 at 2 p.m. Feel free to email questions to
JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov. For more information, visit the
NASA Scholars website.