Galveston College Regents Accept 4 Million Dollar Grant
The Galveston College Board of Regents Wednesday night accepted a four million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant was awarded on the basis of Galveston College’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution that will expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic pathways for students, particularly Hispanic and low income students.
The first year of funding is for $869,533. The initial funding begins October 2011 and ends September 30, 2012.
The goals of the project are to strengthen foundational science and general STEM curricula through laboratory renovation and instrumentation. The project provides funds to renovate the biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science laboratories and build math, engineering, and engineering technology laboratories. The grant allows the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, software and other technology required to implement a revised curricula focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The grant also expands academic programming through the development of engineering, engineering technology, and computer science courses that are fully transferrable to area universities. The project provides salaries for six positions: (1) STEM Project Director, (2) STEM Curriculum Specialist, (3) Engineering/Engineering Tech Curriculum Specialist, (4) Computer Science Curriculum Specialist, (5) STEM Advisor, and (6) an Administrative Assistant.
The grant project proposes to develop academic support services including a Summer Intensive Math Immersion program, comprehensive tutoring, and supplemental instruction. The project provides salary funds for an instructor for the Summer Intensive Math Immersion program, STEM tutors, and faculty release time.
Galveston College President Dr. W. Myles Shelton commented, “We are delighted to accept this grant that lets us engage our students in new arenas for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our Science labs will be renovated and updated. New Engineering labs and Math centers will serve our Faculty and students as they are offered curriculum for STEM related careers within an enhanced environment. He added, “We are, of course, delighted with our designation as a Hispanic serving higher education institution. We are poised to serve all our students—low income, Hispanic and otherwise, as we help them succeed in STEM curriculum and careers.”
The Expanding STEM Pathways project will formalize model articulation agreements with Lamar University, University of Houston, University of Houston at Clear Lake, and Texas A&M University at Galveston in order to ensure curricular alignment and facilitate transfer into a baccalaureate degree program at these institutions.