Seminole State College of Florida is partnering with Valencia College and Lake-Sumter State College on a $1.5 million initiative to increase the number of minority graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The colleges -- serving nearly 100,000 students in Central Florida -- are among five in the nation awarded the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Baccalaureate Alliances grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the three-year initiative.
Seminole State will receive $450,000 over three years for the program.
“We truly believe that diversity supports creativity and innovation, and there has never been a more important time to foster that in the STEM fields than right now,” said Dr. Stephen Summers, associate vice president of the School of Arts and Sciences at Seminole State. “We’re excited here at Seminole State to join in this effort to support and sustain traditionally under-represented students in STEM as they ultimately pursue a baccalaureate degree.”
Grant funding will provide:
Students would complete the program after earning their two-year degree. The graduates would then have options to transfer to a four-year university or continue their education to pursue one of Seminole State's STEM-focused bachelor’s degrees (Information Systems Technology, Construction or Engineering Technology).
The $1.5 million grant will be divided among the three partner institutions.
Summers said the program is expected to launch in January. Students should check Seminole State’s website soon for more information on how to apply.
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