Cerritos College News Release August 2014

Cerritos College Receives $500K NASA Grant for STEM Education

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Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878

NORWALK, Calif. - August 28, 2014 - Cerritos College and its partner institutions received a two-year $500,000 grant from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

With a strong focus on increasing student interest in STEM-related careers, Cerritos College is part of the California Space Grant Consortium that aims to enhance STEM preparation at 12 California community colleges. The program seeks to improve opportunities for approximately 300 students to transfer to the University of California or the California State University systems.

The multi-faceted program includes development of a distance learning STEM course for faculty and students that fosters education and training in programmable microcomputers, near-space ballooning, small satellites, autonomous ground robots and wearable sensor vests.

Cerritos College faculty and students will receive training on programmable micro-computers, guidance on team projects, scholarships/stipends, and access to Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA.

"We are excited to receive the NASA grant," said Cerritos College President/Superintendent Dr. Linda Lacy. "The funding is critical to enabling the College to enhance our STEM education programs that provide students with hands-on experience and training on NASA's latest technology that will undoubtedly increase their ability to secure future employment opportunities."


About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.