ALAMOSA — Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) President Felix Lopez has announced that the college has been awarded a $3,875,000 STEM grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulation Program. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in STEM fields and to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between the 2-year and 4-year HSIs in such fields.
Speaking to TSJC faculty, staff, college supporters, local dignitaries, visiting members of the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) and Colorado Community College System President, Dr. Nancy McCallin, Lopez said that the $3.875 million grant will be used to increase the number of students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields.
“Dreaming is really achieving,” said Lopez.
“The grant, entitled ‘Invertir en STEM!’ (Invest in STEM) will improve and transform the science, technology and mathematics programs within an 8-county region of southern Colorado, including 20 high schools,” said TSJC Vice President of Student Services and Sponsored Programs Kerry Gabrielson.
Gabrielson said that TSJC will also develop formal articulation agreements for STEM programs with at least three four-year institutions in southern Colorado, including, but not limited to: Colorado State University-Pueblo, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Adams State College.
Over a five-year period, the grant funds will be used for salaries and fringe benefits, professional development, endowment and outreach, remodeling laboratories, and equipment and supplies, TSJC will provide comprehensive academic support for STEM students, develop and implement bridge programming, serve 1,500 students through STEM outreach activities, add new 100 and 200 level STEM courses in traditional and online formats and increase STEM enrollment, retention, graduation and transfer rates.