College of Nursing’s C2 Pipeline program earns AdvancEd STEM certification

Inspiring and empowering students to prepare for college and academic success through immersive explorations of STEM and health fields has earned Wayne State’s C2 Pipeline program recognition unlike any other in the nation.

photo of c2 pipeline students in gross anatomy labThe program, which is sponsored by the Wayne State College of Nursing and funded through the Michigan Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, was recently awarded AdvancEd STEM Certification. AdvancEd is a non-profit, non-partisan school credentialing organization that also studies STEM curriculum standards and supports continuous assessment and improvement in educational efforts to meet real world career needs and demands.

Nursing’s Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo noted that, “This is an appropriate recognition of the incredible effort the C2 Pipeline team in the College of Nursing has made in building an excellent portfolio to prepare students for college. The opportunities students are given are contemporary, engaged and fun yet contain serious intellectual content. We are so proud that the C2 Pipeline Program is a part of the community at Wayne State.”

The mission of the C2 Pipeline program is to inspire and empower students to prepare for college and academic success through immersive explorations of STEM and health fields that give them the technical skills and knowledge they need to engage in real-life argument, increase reasoning, problem solving, planning and collaboration.

The breadth and depth of STEM opportunities these students are given is a credit to the C2 Pipeline program’s partnerships with several schools and colleges across Wayne State’s campus, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Social Work, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, College of Engineering, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, and College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies as well as the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Donald Neal, grant principal investigator and program director, says, “The program not only prepares students for college, but also enhances students’ secondary school experience.”  Program activities center on health, engineering, social work, health science, business, dental and pharmaceutical fields with the goal of increasing graduation rates, improving academics, and helping to ensure students are college and career ready.  

image of AdvancEd stem certified badgeTo earn the AdvancEd STEM certification, Neal participated in a professional development training process and performed a rigorous program self-evaluation that was then reviewed by AdvancEd.

Following its intensive review, AdvancedEd noted that the C2 Pipeline had “powerful practices” in demonstrating a commitment to increasing STEM learning for underrepresented groups by providing varied programming opportunities. It was also noted that the program has developed and sustained dynamic, mutually beneficial relationships with community partners for the purposes of sustainability and resources.

As a result of this rigorous evaluation by AdvancEd, Neal said, “We learned how the expectations of STEM program functionality is changing and what techniques can ensure ongoing success.” He continued, “Through this process we were able to collaborate and link with our Day School teachers to learn how to craft STEM plans and to build momentum towards personal and organization wide unifying STEM goals.”

The program is based at the Wayne State College of Nursing, however, it is an interdisciplinary program that works with other schools and colleges across campus to provide educational STEM opportunities beyond nursing for its high school participants.  Nineteen metro Detroit high schools, inclusive of grades 9-12, are served by the college’s C2 Pipeline Program, which has three main components: afterschool programming centers, annual summer programs, and the Innovation & Curiosity Center on Wayne State’s campus.


Wayne State University College of Nursing
The Wayne State University College of Nursing is committed to providing a world-class educational experience. Our faculty aid in the development of new nursing knowledge through the conduct of research that focuses on urban health, symptom science and health promotion.

Our dedication to student success and our state-of-the-art learning environment combine to produce graduates who are prepared to be nurse leaders in research, education and practice. Located in Midtown Detroit, the College of Nursing's faculty and students serve diverse populations while promoting community and urban health.

C2Pipeline Program
The C2 Pipeline Program is partnered with nineteen high schools in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties that serve at-risk students. The program complements the students’ school curriculum with after-school and summer activities as well as field trips and special events. The remaining six weeks of programming are offered during the summer months on Wayne State University’s campus. The summer programming culminates in an 11-day residential program that is the first of its kind. The goals of the program include:

  • Preparing students to be college and career ready
  • Increasing academic achievement in student learning
  • Expanding student awareness through enrichment activities and other non traditional learning
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students
  • Provide family services

21st Century Community Learning Centers
The C2Pipeline is a 21st Century Community Learning Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

AdvancEd is the accrediting agency charged with the Accreditation of High Schools and School Districts across the country in order for them to award Diplomas. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential and that educational institutions continuously improve.