$3.8 million grant to aid SEM and Technology divisions

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Cerritos College has received the HIS-STEM grant worth $3.8 million.

“The big focus is on math and science,” Dean of Science, Engineering and Math division Dr. Carolyn Chambers said.

The grant will be paid out over five years.

Chambers explained that many people were involved in writing the grant and said, “One big part is the B.R.I.D.G.E program to help students come in and be successful in math and science.”

The B.R.I.D.G.E program is a program that help bring students and teaches them about careers in math and science.

She continued, “Because there’s not enough people going into math and science, we need to help students earn AA’s in math and science. So, that’s the basic thrust of the grant.”

Another part of the grant is to concentrate on students transferring to universities.

“We’d like to have a lot of connections with the local universities. We want to connect with their orientation programs and their math programs,” Chambers said.

Computer Science major, Roger Magana commented on the grant, saying, “Not only would it provide us with materials, but it will motivate us by knowing that there is support for our department.

“Therefore, as students, we trust in it.”