Grants and Funding
The "California Alliance for the Long-term Strengthening of Transfer Engineering Programs" (CALSTEP) program is a collaboration between Cañada College, San Francisco State University School of Engineering, and Los Angeles Pierce College. The project is sponsored by the US Department of Education through the Hispanic-Serving Institution Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) program, Award No. P031C110159.
The CALSTEP project promotes an understanding and appreciation of STEM careers through outreach activities for middle school, high school, and community college students. It addresses the main barriers to the retention and success of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through a combination of intensive preparation for college-level work, multiple entry points and accelerated pathways for students into STEM education, and previously proven academic support strategies. The project will strengthen California community college engineering programs through innovative initiatives like the Summer Engineering Teaching Institute that will assist engineering programs in improving teaching effectiveness and efficiency using technology, and through the Joint Engineering Programs that will promote collaboration among community college engineering programs all over the State to better serve their students.
Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is an academic preparation program that assists California's students to succeed in math and science and attain four-year degrees in math and science fields. MESA serves educationally disadvantaged students and, to the extent possible by law, emphasizes participation by under-represented students.
The MESA California Community College Program (MESA CCCP) serves community college students and assists them in successfully transfering to four-year institutions as math or science majors.
MESA Community College Program (MCCP)
MCCP provides math, engineering and science academic enrichment to community college students so they excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions as math-based majors. The program establishes academic-based community centers at campuses where most students are commuters and opportunities for peer support and information-sharing are scarce. The program is supported by industry, so students learn firsthand about career options and learn about scholarships, internships and special programs.
Cañada College’s Mathematics, Science and Engineering Transfer Scholarships (M-SETS) program will provide 140 scholarship awards to academically talented, financially needy students working to transfer to a 4-year university to complete an undergraduate degree in an engineering, math or science major. M-SETS awards will be offered for up to three years of full-time academic study at Cañada College and in the first semester that a student transfers to a 4-year university.
The scholarship program will provide a unique opportunity for low-income students to focus full-time on their studies and fully benefit from a support system provided through Cañada College’s Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) Program. MESA aims to increase student success by providing tutoring, Academic Excellence Workshops and peer mentoring as well as STEM-related student clubs and professional speaker panels. Students are engaged in leadership development, scientific seminars, and field trips to industry and 4-year universities.
The "Creating Opportunities for Minorities in Engineering, Technology,and Science" (COMETS) program is a collaboration between Cañada College's Engineering Department and San Francisco State University School of Engineering. The project is sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education through Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum (CIPAIR), Grant No. NNX10AU75G.
Objective 1. To improve student engagement and success in foundational math courses and core engineering courses;
Objective 2. To develop a summer research internship program for community college engineering students at NASA Ames Research Center;
Objective 3. To provide current community college students a year-long engineering design experience early in their academic career by participating in capstone design courses for graduating seniors at SFSU;
Objective 4. To strengthen existing faculty relationship with NASA Ames, and establish new collaborative relationships among two-year and four-year engineering faculty, and NASA Ames Research Center;
Objective 5. To improve academic success of engineering students from underrepresented groups by providing academic support and mentoring
The Bay Bridge to Engineering for Veterans Program is supported by a grant through the Workforce Investment Act: Veterans' Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP), and developed through a partnership between Cañada College, San Francisco State University, the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board, and Growth Sector.
The Veterans Employment Assistance Grant (VEAP) provides a unique opportunity for veterans and their qualifying spouses to enter a career in Engineering! Selected candidates will enter a nine month Pre-Engineering program at Cañada College receiving a CAD or Surveying Certificate, the opportunity to compete for paid internships, and assistance in transferring to one of the four-year Engineering Programs at SFSU and CSU. Additionally, candidates will have access to career counseling, mental health services, job development, and supplies necessary to begin a new career in engineering
The Summer Engineering Teaching Institute (SETI) will assist California community college engineering faculty in developing a Tablet-PC-enhanced interactive model of engineering instruction, and increase their involvement in developing and implementing online courses using CCC Confer—a videoconferencing platform that is available free of charge to all faculty and staff of the California Community College system. For the first year of the program, 30 California engineering faculty will be selected to participate, 10 from Southern California, and 20 from Northern California.
The SOLES project is supported by a grant from the US Department of Education through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). SOLES aims to maximize the likelihood of success among underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields through a combination of programs and services proven to increase recruitment, retention and success.