Linn-Benton Community College will have more funding for programs to introduce younger students to the idea of math and science careers, thanks to a $65,405 grant.
The grant is for the first of a potential three-year grant from the Oregon Community Foundation Oracle STEM Education Fund to the expand the Albany Pipeline Program.
Pipeline is a partnership between educational institutions and local industries, meant to highlight the science, technology, engineering and math career possibilities that come with career and technical education. That's known for short as STEM-CTE.
The OCF Oracle grant will be administered through the Mid-Valley Mid-Coast STEM-CTE Hub, a partnership between LBCC, Oregon State University, Linn Benton Lincoln Educational Service District, Linn and Benton K-12 school districts, and industry and community partners such as Boys and Girls Clubs.
Nicole Ballinger, STEM-CTE Hub director, said the grant will help pay for transportation, outreach and programming to support Pipeline's mission. Among other things, the plan is to pay for student ambassadors from LBCC to travel to K-12 schools to share their experiences in STEM-CTE and do activities with the students.
The grant also will help pay for translation services to make programs more accessible to families of Latino backgrounds, Ballinger said. And it will make possible more data analysis "so we can know that what we’re doing is making a difference."
The Oregon Community Foundation plans to invest $10 million over the next few years through a number of strategies to advance STEM-CTE education for girls, low-income youth, youth of color and/or rural youth around the state in alignment with the priorities of Oregon’s STEM Education Plan.