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Santiago Canyon College Awarded National Science Foundation Grant


​(Orange, CA) - The National Science Foundation has awarded $621,913 to support the Santiago Canyon College (SCC) STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Scholars Academy.

“The government and employers are projecting a shortage of qualified workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said SCC President John Weispfenning. “SCC is doing its part to identify and prepare students for these careers.”

The grant will provide scholarships to low-income STEM majors and STEM majors from underrepresented groups with a goal of increasing the number who attend full-time. The program is expected to increase participation in STEM support services, increase the number of students who complete their studies with at least a 3.0 grade point average, and increase the participation of underrepresented STEM students in internships.

Jeffrey Wada, SCC assistant professor of chemistry, said the majority of students have to find jobs to fund their education, but the grant will reduce the need for students to work. “Their job will be to focus on their class work,” he said. “The scholarships will have a huge positive impact.”

The grant began on March 15, 2015, and ends February 28, 2019.

SCC is developing a strong reputation for preparing students to go into the STEM fields, according to Wada. This award complements other grants received by the college, including a federal Title V grant for $3.23 million awarded in 2010.

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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