On April 5, 2018, Central Arizona College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, was awarded a $225,000 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) award from the National Science Foundation. In collaboration with industry partners, the program, led by Gary Gardner (Principal Investigator), will develop and pilot curricula for an advanced fabrication and joining program to prepare Advanced Welding Process Technicians. Since the college is a both an Hispanic Serving Institution and a rural community college, this project will strive to encourage students from minority backgrounds to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) credentials. The curriculum, STEM content, and project-based learning exercises will be shared with the National Center for Welding Education and Training, the seven Hispanic Serving Institutions participating in the Science Foundation Arizona KickStarter project, and other community colleges. See also DUE 1800826.
The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process, under National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1450661.