San Joaquin Delta College’s math and science programs are getting a jump-start with a little help from Washington, D.C. Make that a lot of help.
Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, has announced that the Stockton-based community college is receiving a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education — funds aimed at helping students in the school’s science, technology, engineering and math programs.
Delta will receive more than $831,000 in the 2011-12 year alone. The rest of the five-year funding depends on Congressional appropriations.
“The Department of Education’s support for our college is noteworthy,” Dr. Jeff Marsee, Delta’s Superintendent/President, said. “This is recognition of the excellent projects planned for this grant, and a validation of the real need for boosting the educated workforce of this region. This will have a positive impact on our students and help our regional economy for years to come.”
The federal grant will help establish the Delta STEM Academy, an academic program that looks to aid the performance of low-income and Hispanic students. It will also provide funding for supplemental instruction, tutoring services, career internships and brand-new campus lab equipment.
Overall, the grant aims to help more students finish STEM degree programs and continue pursuing related fields at four-year universities.
“Any kind of grant is a good grant, because I think creating jobs is what Delta College is all about,” Delta trustee Taj Khan said. “All our education programs are geared towards finding jobs. I think these grants go a long way towards helping us out.”
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