CCAC receives NSF grant for workforce collaborative that supports students in STEM programs

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant totaling $629,207 from the National Science Foundation for the Biotechnology, Bioremediation, Math and Science (BioMaS) Workforce Collaborative project. The award is in effect from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2020.

Expanding on CCAC’s Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative project that was funded by the National Science Foundation from 2009–2015, the BioMaS Workforce Collaborative project provides scholarships to CCAC students majoring not only in Biotechnology but also in Bioremediation or Mathematics and Science associate degree programs. The project will actively seek to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, including veterans and their dependents, minorities and women.

Under the direction of project PI and Associate Professor of Biology Caroline Evans, the project will seek to provide the value of 40 full scholarships while supporting the following goals:

• Provide scholarships and critical wrap-around services to BioMaS students including an onsite clinical social worker to assist students with barriers, internship and job opportunities; access to community experience; and tutoring to improve retention, persistence, graduation and employment.

• Strengthen pathways to employment as math/science teachers through the CCAC/IUP Middle-Level STEM Educators partnership or as biotech/bioremediation lab/field technicians by way of stackable credentials, increasing employment marketability.

• Connect these degree programs to regional industry by linking potential employers and college training to solidify and build sustainability through an employment pipeline.

• Provide recruitment/informational opportunities on STEM training and jobs for students at the secondary level and higher, veterans and underrepresented minorities in science and education.

For more information regarding the BioMaS Workforce Collaborative project, contact: Caroline Evans at 412.237.2506.

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