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Science Foundation Arizona gets $1.5 million from Governor’s Office

Published on November 24, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

Science Foundation Arizona wins $1.5 million to Expand Engineering Pathways Program

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Economic Recovery recently awarded Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) a $1.5 million grant for its Engineering Pathways program to help expand Arizona’s pipeline of engineering and technician talent in three rural communities.

The program involves creation of educational pathways – from high school to community college and beyond – that lead to industry certification and related degrees designed to help prepare a workforce capable of participating in the high-tech economy and meet local workforce needs.  The Pathways will be coordinated through three Community Colleges: Arizona Western College, Yavapai Community College and Central Arizona College. The programswill forge a broader coalition of industry relationships to develop a pipeline of workers prepared to meet local demands in high-technology industries.  The programs will be ready for student enrollment in each community by August 2011. Elements of the Engineering Pathway include:

  • Establish an applied engineering and advanced educational pathway — from K-12 to Associate of Applied Science to Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs – that allows the colleges and partner high schools to engage students in college level courses while still in high school;
  • Enhance the opportunity to engage local industry to provide relevant experiences for students and teachers as well as to help develop programming and curriculum that is relevant to their workplace needs.
  • Enhance the ability of rural high school districts to provide additional math instruction via partnerships with community colleges and virtual delivery methods;
  • Increase the number of middle and high school students who are prepared to pursue STEM degrees by providing effective, responsive student and parent outreach programs; and
  • Establish a financial aid stream to support students enrolling in STEM pathways at the high school and community college level and work with partner universities that can provide continued access to financial support for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree within the STEM pathway.

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