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Hartnell College Receives $400,000 Grant from NASA to Strengthen Engineering Program

April 22nd, 2006

Hartnell College has been awarded a $400,000 grant from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that is designed to enhance the college's engineering program and to better serve Latino and other underrepresented students.

Charlene Frontiera, Hartnell's dean of math and science, said she is excited about the grant's longterm goal - to create easier transferability of Hartnell engineering courses to the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Specifically, Frontiera said the grant will also result in:
  • updating Hartnell's current introductory engineering course curriculum;
  • developing curriculum for some new, advanced engineering courses;
  • upgrading and expanding engineering offerings so that they correspond with NASA's needs as well as upgrades and improvements in Hartnell's other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs;
  • developing programs to improve underrepresented student enrollment, persistence, retention and transfer.

For more information, call Frontiera at (831) 755-6875.