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Hartnell College receives $1.5M federal funding meant to boost Latinos in STEM fields

By Eduardo Cuevas
Salinas Californian

August 28, 2018 — Salinas, CA

(Photo above: Credit: Cristian Ponce)

Hartnell College has received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to increase student achievement in the sciences as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI.

In a press release, the community college announced it is one of 31 institutions nationwide selected for federal funding dedicated to HSI students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Hartnell’s project will help develop and implement a model that provides STEM research experience for undergraduate students.

“In the U.S., Hispanics constitute 16 percent of the workforce, but they make up only 6 percent of the STEM workforce,” said Mohammed Yahdi, the project director and a mathematics professor, in a prepared statement. “This project has the potential to be a key leverage point for recruiting and retaining more Hispanics into the STEM workforce.”

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