Gavilan College is one of 34 community colleges in California recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education through funding for hispanic-serving institutions. The award is $1.2 M per year for five years and the project is entitled: "STEM Magnet: Improving Pathways for Hispanic/Low-Income Students."
"We are one of the select few community colleges to receive an award of this size," said Kathleen Rose, Gavilan College Executive Vice President. "One of the primary objectives will be to leverage all STEM disciplines and enable us to attract entry-level students in engineering and environmental science."
Gavilan College will use the grant for three main strategies:
- To create better defined science and math pathways from high school through Gavilan College to university, by doing STEM awareness activities, streamlining majors, and developing faculty.
- To increase STEM support at Gavilan College through MathPath: Accelerated basic math sequences, STEM counseling services, a summer institute, and supplemental instruction.
-To strengthen the STEM curriculum with research internships, redesign of the Engineering program, and creation of a new Environmental Science curriculum.
Statewide, 34 colleges received "HSI" grants from the United States Department of Education. The funds are awarded to colleges with more than 25 percent Hispanic enrollment.
The grants are awarded for a five-year period, with first-year grants awarded through a competitive process. Four additional years are provided as non-competitive continuation grants subject to Congressional approval each fiscal year. The funds can be used to purchase scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, constructing or renovating facilities, purchasing educational materials, developing curriculum, enhancing tutoring and counseling programs, providing teacher education and other student support services.
Each of the 34 colleges will be required to complete an interim performance report due six months after the grant's start date. An annual performance report is required 90 days after each one-year budget period. That report will include data on student enrollment, retention and graduation rates in the STEM fields.
For information about STEM education at Gavilan College, go to http://www.gavilan.edu/stem/.