Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 47th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Adrienne Watson 202-309-0825
REP. SANCHEZ ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT GRANTS FOR LOCAL STEM EDUCATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) today announced that Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) have been selected as recipients of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Programs Grant. Each school will receive nearly $1,200,000 in funding for the next five years to develop and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students.
“I congratulate Rancho Santiago Community College District and California State University, Fullerton for receiving such impressive grants,” said Sanchez. “STEM education is fundamental to prepare our children for jobs in a more technically-oriented economy. This is vital for our nation’s economic security. I am proud to have supported legislation in the 111th Congress that made this grant opportunity a reality. As a longtime advocate of STEM education I am thrilled to see that students in my district, especially those most in need, will have the opportunity to excel in mathematics and the sciences and thus ensure our success as a nation.”
The STEM program seeks to increase the number of students attaining degrees in STEM fields by increasing the number of math and science teachers in schools, reforming teaching methods and fostering and supporting students’ interest in STEM subjects. Priority was given to schools that aim to increase the number of Hispanic and other low income students attaining degrees in STEM education and to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between 2-year Hispanic-serving institutions and 4-year institutions in such fields.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 47th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and parts of Fullerton in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.
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