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Feds give $37 million to California colleges for science education

September 30, 2011 |  3:50 pm

Federal grants totalling nearly $37 million and aimed mainly at improving science, engineering and math education have been awarded to 34 California community colleges that serve large numbers of Latino students, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott announced Friday.

The money can be used to purchase lab equipment, enhance tutoring programs, build new facilities and develop new courses, among other things. 

Among Southern California campuses receiving the awards from the U.S. Departmentof Education: Glendale Community College, Antelope Valley College, Cerritos College, Pasadena City College, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Harbor College, El Camino College and Oxnard College. The grants range from about $840,000 to $1.2 million each.

“This is tremendous news for our system and even better news for those who will directly benefit from these grants,” Scott said in a statement. “The funds will help Hispanic students achieve their educational goals while improving the pool of highly skilled individuals who can strengthen California’s economy and compete globally.”

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