SBCC Gets $5.3M to Help STEM Students

Students looking for jobs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, when they graduate just received a big boost at Santa Barbara City College, which has received a $5.3 million federal grant to help them.

The project, “Removing Barriers to STEM Success,”,will provide resources for faculty who want to update curriculum to match the job market. It also will study potential benefits of math course acceleration, immersion or redesign, according to an SBCC press release.

SBCC faculty will be given professional development opportunities on the incorporation of non-cognitive, social-emotional teaching strategies into STEM and general education courses.

The grant funds an instructor mentor program, faculty-led supplemental instruction courses, student support services, opportunities for increased faculty and staff interactions with students; and developing articulation agreements with colleges and universities to facilitate the successful transition into STEM majors offered at those institutions.

SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe said the grant will provide funds to “implement innovative tools to support our students in achieving their STEM educational goals.”

He said it will focus on supporting Hispanic and low-income students who are underrepresented in STEM fields.

The funds came through a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.