Cañada College Awarded $4.3 Million Federal STEM Grant
to Support Hispanic Students
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. (October 18, 2016) – The HSI-STEM program at the Department of Education has awarded Cañada College a $4.3 million federal grant to support students pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The project, “Generating Access to Navigate and Achieve in STEM (GANAS)” will improve student achievement in foundational Math courses (especially among underrepresented minority students), strengthen collaborative relationships with four-year universities and industry partners to provide underrepresented students research and professional development opportunities. It will also increase the number of underrepresented STEM students transferring to a four-year institution, as well as increase awareness of educational and career paths among community college STEM students.
The College’s proposal detailed a comprehensive approach to addressing four focus areas of need in the community college STEM education pipeline: low student achievement in Mathematics (especially among under-represented minorities), low academic achievement among first-time college students, STEM faculty professional development need and lack of awareness of educational and career options.
“This grant will provide Cañada College with funds to implement innovative tools to support our students in achieving their STEM educational goals,” stated Dr. Jamillah Moore, college president. “The jobs of the future depend on a STEM-educated workforce and we look forward to helping to shape the next generation of STEM students.”
The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM Program. In addition, the US Department of Education has also recently awarded Cañada College with a $750,000 grant through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) and a $3.2 million grant to support the Expanding Student Opportunity (¡ESO!) Adelante Project.
About Cañada College: For nearly 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching and life-changing educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or to serve as a transfer gateway to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs, including sciences, business, multi-media, medical assisting, the arts, and technical training. The College also provides extensive basic skills training and innovative student support services in counseling, orientation, certificate and degree planning, transfer assistance, and tutoring. Begin your Cañada College experience by visiting canadacollege.edu and follow us Facebook.com/canadacollegeRWC.
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