4Cs STEM Program Awarded Federal Funds

Bob Cody 2012 003WEST BARNSTABLE  – Cape Cod Community College is the recipient of another federal grant.

This time $525,000 dollars is coming from the U.S. Department of Labor to help students achieve success in stem career courses and programs.

Cape Cod Community College spokesman Michael Gross says the money will go toward hiring teaches and tutors to assist student in reaching their goals quickly.

“This is money that will be used here on campus to help students be successful and help them accelerate through the science, technology,  engineering and math and have them complete in a timely or accelerated manner the courses to get them out into the workforce,” he says.

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Gross says the funding will help hundreds of students complete their chosen programs over the next three years.

Cape Cod Community College participated in a state-wide consortium of community colleges to win the three-year grant.

Robert Cody, CCCC’s Dean of Science, Technology, Math, Business, and Workforce Education, noted that the grant will help the College’s continued growth of engineering/advanced manufacturing career pathways. A key part of its mission will be to seek out and train un-and under-employed workers, as well as veterans, and support them through to completion of their academic certificates and/or degrees.

“This program is aimed at key economic sectors where we know skilled workers are needed today, and will be needed for a very long time. We look specifically at biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, engineering, health care, and the environmental/renewable energy area, among others,” stated Dean Cody, noting that the effort will partner with the region’s Workforce Investment Boards, and Career Centers.

College President John Cox noted that the program’s link to local employers is fundamental to its success.

“We will identify individual students, and link those students to the specific needs of our partners. We will actively recruit, focusing on engineering and manufacturing positions that support regional industry partners including: Hydroid, Inc. of Pocasset; Teledyne Benthos of North Famouth;  SencorpWhite of Hyannis; and Onset Computer Corp. of Onset; among others,” he stated.

Funds will be used over a three year period to support advisors and tutors working with STEM area students, as well as unique software that assists the College’s staff in various student support roles. The overall goal is to reduce the time required for students to complete their programs, getting them into the workforce more quickly than through traditional pathways, Gross said.