The Passaic County Community College received a $1,498,946 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the flow of underrepresented minority students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at four-year colleges.
Grant funds will help more than 900 students to transition into baccalaureate STEM degree programs.
“The future of any great civilization is paved by education, especially training in the sciences, in mathematics, in tech subjects, and of course in engineering,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, a former teacher and college board trustee, said. “What is so special about these National Science Foundation grants is that they are designed specifically to help schools serving students who have less access to quality STEM programs. This gift will have a profound impact on the lives and development of thousands of students just beginning to reach their potential.”
The Passaic County Community College serves as the lead institution for the Northern New Jersey Bridges to the Baccalaureate Alliance, a partnership of five Hispanic-serving public two-year schools in northern New Jersey. Other schools in the alliance are the Bergen Community College, Hudson County Community College, Middlesex County College, and Union County College.
“The National Science Foundation Bridges to the Baccalaureate Grant will provide extraordinary opportunities for our students to become involved with advanced scientific research to ensure that they will be ready to continue their education to train for in-demand STEM positions,” Steven Rose, president of the Passaic County Community College, said. “PCCC thanks Congressman Pascrell for his support in bringing these essential programs to our college.”
By assisting students to transition into baccalaureate STEM degree programs, the colleges are improving their employment prospects in growing fields.