The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oxnard College a Title V grant for STEM programming through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program.
The College will receive $5,998,238 over five years between fall 2017 and fall 2023. These funds are intended to (1) support activities and programs that increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and (2) to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields. Two local partner institutions – California State University -Channel Islands and California Lutheran University – also received awards ($1,199,297 and $855,132, respectively).
“We are proud of Dr. Cynthia Herrera, Oxnard College Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, and our team of faculty who put together a successful proposal,” said Oxnard College President Azari. “We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Education for such a significant contribution to and recognition of our work in this area.”
Title V – HSI STEM funds will be used at Oxnard College to:
- Improve existing STEM academic programs;
- Improve STEM facilities and equipment;
- Develop new student research opportunities in STEM disciplines;
- Promote best practices in student services: advising, tutoring, academic skills, learning communities;
- Increase STEM enrollment;
- Increase STEM retention;
- Increase four-year transfer rates.
To accomplish the goals of the grant, Oxnard College will focus on several areas of STEM improvement (more details to come).
“Oxnard College is one of the leading Hispanic-serving community colleges in the United States. Our Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics programs and courses offer local access to the most affordable quality courses and programs in the region,” commented Dr. Bernard Luskin, Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District.
“This funding will help institutions of higher education here in Ventura County develop and carry out programs that support Latino and low-income students pursuing STEM careers. We must prepare our students and equip them with the skills necessary to secure the jobs of the future,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley.
This significant grant will have a lasting impact for the students we serve and our institution as a whole.