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National Science Foundation Awards $1.5 Million Grant for Underrepresented Students Seeking STEM Careers

Aug. 30, 2018 – Aurora, CO – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Community College of Aurora (CCA) a three year, $1.5 million Louis Stokes B2B Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant.

The project will be led by CCA and will establish the Metro Denver STEM Alliance, a partnership among CCA and the four other community colleges serving the metro Denver area: Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, and Red Rocks Community College.

“The five Denver metro-area community colleges are very excited about this grant as it will allow us to further our collaborative efforts to recruit, retain and transfer underrepresented students into STEM programs and careers,” said CCA president Betsy Oudenhoven. “We thank the National Science Foundation for their support of this very important work and for helping us to diversify the STEM pipeline.”

The Metro Denver STEM Alliance will increase the number of underrepresented minority students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at two-year institutions, transferring to four-year STEM baccalaureate programs, and ultimately embarking on successful STEM careers. The grant will also support collaborative projects to foster STEM student success, address systemic barriers, and promote a unified agenda with four-year university partners to:

  • strengthen and streamline transfer pathways
  • elevate awareness of the value and potential of underrepresented students among STEM employers
  • serve as a model for best practices and replication in other areas of the state and nationally.

For more information about this award, contact Victor Vialpando Nunez, Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Sciences at 303-340-7243.

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