College gets grant for science programs

NORWALK - Cerritos College has been awarded a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Hispanic Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and articulation program.The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in STEM fields and to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between the 2-year and 4-year Hispanic-serving institutions. The grant, which will be paid out over five years, will finance the college's ASSIST project, which aims to increase the number of STEM A.A. graduates and university transfers. "Although Cerritos College has a strong history of service to Hispanic and other underserved populations, they are typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields," said Cerritos College president and superintendent Dr. Linda Lacy. "This grant will allow us to provide underrepresented students who are interested in pursuing careers in science and technology with the academic enrichment and support they need to successfully transfer to four-year institutions."

********** Published: October 06, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 25