CPCC, partner colleges, receive $1.5-million National Science Foundation Grant

last modified Apr 09, 2015 09:44 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and two partner colleges have secured a $1.5-million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop programs that boost the number of under-represented minority students pursuing associate and baccalaureate degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject areas.

CPCC will lead the North Carolina STEM Alliance (NCSA) with partners Davidson County Community College (DCCC) and Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) with the goal of enrolling increased numbers of high school students in community college associate-degree STEM programs and seeing those students continue their studies in bachelor-degree STEM programs. Each college wants to increase its number of under-represented minority STEM students, often underprivileged students, by 50 percent. The grant period runs through January 2018.

Measures the grant will fund include STEM-focused mentoring, additional academic support, career-centered and proactive academic advising, and financial support.

“Central Piedmont and our partner schools in the North Carolina STEM Alliance have served as leaders in refining the ways community colleges serve students. Through other initiatives, we have moved the needle relative to the improved progress and success of our students,” said Bruce Johnson, CPCC associate dean of STEM. “However, as each college maintains a commitment toward making data-driven decisions, it’s apparent that a significant gap exists for our underrepresented minority student population. This NSF-funded initiative positions us to expand the impact of existing successful projects, while further promoting growth to a students in need of enhanced support. The skills gap seen in our region demands more college graduates in STEM-related fields. Ultimately, our communities will benefit as we improve the ability of our students to contribute to advances in the STEM arena.”

CPCC offers several programs of study and courses within its STEM division. These include:

Science: Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Physical Science, Physics.

Technology: Computer Science, Computer Technology Integration, Computer Programming, Database Management, Digital Forensics, Information Systems Security, Network Technologies, Web Technologies.

Engineering: Civil Engineering Technology, Surveying Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Machining Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology, and calculus-based engineering transfer programs.

Mathematics: Developmental Studies, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Differential Equations.

For more information about STEM programs of study at CPCC and STEM career fields, see www.cpcc.edu/stem, or contact Bruce Johnson at Bruce.Johnson@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6073, or Chris Paynter, CPCC dean of STEM, at Chris.Paynter@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6531.

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