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October 24, 2008


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Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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For Immediate Release


CHAFFEY COLLEGE AWARDED $2.25 MILLION HISPANIC SERVING S.T.E.M. GRANT

(Rancho Cucamonga) The Chaffey College Governing Board, in the regular scheduled meeting last evening, approved a $2,250,822 two-year Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) grant. This College Reduction and Access Act Hispanic Serving Institutions grant is designed to establish new, strengthened and replicable 2+2+2 transfer and articulation agreements between district high schools and four-year universities, with emphasis on a partnership with Cal Poly Pomona. The grant goals are to design an engineering pathway from high school to Chaffey College, Cal Poly Pomona, and other four year institutions. This grant is designed to recruit Hispanic and other underrepresented students into engineering and science careers and includes a field experiment component and outreach to district high schools.

Faculty and staff have identified several components the STEM grant will implement including creation of a new Engineering Technology degree, realignment of the biology curriculum with four-year institutions, and upgrading STEM programs with equipment and instrumentation. Through the grant, the college will also improve academic and student support for STEM students through expanded supplemental instruction, creation of a science success center, the addition of a STEM counselor, and creation of learning communities.

The nation has a shortage of students entering STEM fields, specifically women, Hispanic, and African American students. According to Chaffey College's Dr. Inge Pelzer, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/President, "Chaffey College officials will reach out to Hispanic communities, families, and high school students and make them more aware of the need for opportunities in higher education to maximize their long-term educational and career potentials. Funding from this proposal for identified laboratory improvements and services will support a system of encouragement and guidance on their path to success in STEM fields. Those enrolled in Chaffey College will benefit from well-developed, smoothly functioning systems of transition to Cal Poly Pomona and other four-year colleges and universities."

"We are extremely excited about being awarded the STEM grant and are looking forward to the implementation of sustainable pathways for students and increased transfers into STEM fields based on articulated transfer agreements", said Terry Giugni, Dean of Mathematics and Science.

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