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USDE HSI Sustainability in STEM Grant: 2016 - 2021

Hispanic Serving Instititions (HSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Cabrillo College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution in Aptos, CA proposes Sustainability in STEM, a five-year project designed to address the purposes of the HSI STEM and Articulation program. Cabrillo proposes to develop/revise key STEM curricula to infuse content and resources related to environmental sustainability and to develop/pilot student-centered services that promote STEM success, persistence, degree completion, and transfer. New/revised curricula will allow establishment of transferable AS degrees in Sustainable Agricultural Technology and Environmental Sciences, as well as a new Certificate in Sustainability, while expanding transfer pathways to “green” STEM bachelor’s degrees at University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) institutions. Robust student-centered services include STEM advising, coaching for STEM majors, and STEM tutoring, with outcomes including increased STEM enrollment, degree completion, and transfer.

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MESA: since 1991

Mathematic, Egineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

The MESA program is an academic preparation program that assists California's students to succeed in math, science and engineering with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution. MESA serves educationally disadvantaged students and, to the extent possible by law, emphasizes participation by under-represented students.

The MESA California Community College Program (MESA CCCP) establishes academic-based community centers at campuses where most students are commuters and opportunities for peer support and information-sharing are scarce. The program is supported by industry, so students learn firsthand about career options and learn about scholarships, internships and special programs.

Cabrillo College was the first MESA program at the community college level, established in 1988. MESA programs exist at about one third of the community colleges in California.


NSF EAGER - Engineering Abroad: Guatemala: 2013 - 2017

Early Concept Grants for Exploritory Research (EAGER)
Strengthening Student Commitment through an Engineering Abroad Program (SSC-EAP)

This EAGER program will test the benefits of an Engineering Abroad Project on Latino students’ persistence and commitment to progressing in an engineering discipline.  The impacts to students who engage in a purposeful abroad project could be potentially significant in terms of student empowerment and involvement in the student community. Abroad projects are not standard engineering curriculum and the impacts of abroad experiences are not as well researched as other engineering education strategies.  The EAGER program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


NSF S-STEM SPECS - Scholarships for Engineering Students: 2015 - 2020

Scholars Program for Engineering College Students (SPECS)

The Engineering Department was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM scholarship grant for engineering majors called SPECS: Scholars Program for Engineering College Students. The objective of the SPECS program is to support academically talented, financially disadvantaged students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in engineering professions: minorities, women, and first generation college students. The goals of the SPECS program are to increase retention, success, and satisfaction among the scholars so that they transfer to a four year university to complete their BS degree in engineering.

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Science, Technology and Energy: Expanding Potential (STEEP)

The STEEP program is a multi-component program designed to enhance and support the participation of our students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While all components of STEEP are aimed to prepare STEM students for academic success and attract new students to these fields, our curriculum strives to offer a learning experience that is not only content-based but also creates a transformational experience. The STEEP program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).



USDE HSI STEM Grant: 2011-2016

Hispanic Serving Instititions (HSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The HSI STEM project enables Cabrillo College to significanlty scale up and centralize STEM student support services and activities to facilitate broader participation, greater persistance and higher rates of transfer into baccalaureate programs. One of the key project components includes the remodel of Building 800 on the Aptos campus, centralizing Engineering Technology, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs with new laboratories, new classrooms and a new STEM Center (Home to MESA, the PLC and the Networking Lab). Additional components include a STEM Summer Program, increased academic support through peer led workshops and tutoring, developing a model articulation and transfer initiative, and building a comprehensive STEM database to allow faculty and administrators to make evidence-based decisions and improvements. The HSI STEM project is funded by the US Department of Education's Higher Education Programs Division, Institutional Service Office under the HSI STEM and Articulation Program.




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