September 28, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education grant is largest in college history
Mt. San Jacinto College has announced it received a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It is the largest grant in the college’s history.
The grant funding means MSJC can expand educational opportunities for all of its students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The STEM grant funds will be distributed to the college over a five-year period, which begins on October first 2011. The college will receive more than $800,000 a year over the five-year period.
“Ultimately this grant will further enhance the educational environment at MSJC and help more students be successful in these challenging fields, fields where there is a critical need for more graduates,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, superintendent/president of MSJC. “We are very excited to receive this needed award, but even more excited about the bright future it offers to our students.”
The grant is awarded to institutions like MSJC that have a large percentage of traditionally under-served populations. MSJC has a Hispanic student population of 30 percent.
The STEM grant is designed to support several goals. Among those goals, the additional funding should help double the percentage of Hispanic students who earn degrees in the STEM field by the 2015-2016 academic year. It also aims to increase the percent of Hispanic students who transfer to a Cal State or University of California institution.
“This $4.2 million will benefit all of MSJC students while also focusing on a core group that has historically been under-represented in the STEM areas,” said Rebecca Teague, associate dean of Institutional, Effectiveness, Planning & Grants. “This will allow MSJC to purchase equipment and create programs that will benefit the entire student body at MSJC. “
Some examples of how the grant funding will benefit students include:
- Providing additional instructional support to MSJC students in a variety of ways. MSJC can develop more learning communities, where students receive strong academic support, work more closely with instructors and counselors and build better relationships with other students.
- Funding three new faculty coordinator positions and providing faculty training. MSJC will be able to better analyze data culled from student successes and other reports in order to make the decisions that improve programs.
- Providing nearly half a million dollars worth of equipment for students and faculty.
The STEM grant will also allow MSJC to foster more student success through a number of programs. Students will have access to more counseling. The college will create STEM institutes and hold career fairs and workshops for students and parents.
MSJC received a STEM grant in 2008 of nearly two million dollars.