The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $599,929 grant to the Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM at Arizona State University (SFAz Center for STEM) to support an Advanced Technological Education Project, entitled: Impact of System-Wide Contextualization of Math in SFAz+8 Rural Arizona Colleges on Producing More Qualified Technicians (SFAz+8 CXM).
Math and CTE faculty from eight rural Arizona community colleges will collaborate to alleviate challenges students face in technical math that prevent them from completing their technical credentials. Rural colleges participating in the SFAz+8 CXM collaborative include Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Coconino Community College, Eastern Arizona College, Mohave Community College, Northland Pioneer College, and Yavapai College. Administrators and faculty from each participating institution seek to move the needle on CTE completions across multiple technical disciplines, a feat that’s difficult for resource-limited institutions to accomplish individually. See also the press release from Arizona Western College and the abstract for the award.