NSF Awards BCCC Three-Year $861,000 Engineering and Technology Grant


For Immediate Release                                                       Contact: Bill Fleming

September 19, 2012                                                             410-209-6041




National Science Foundation Awards BCCC Three-Year

$861,000 Grant for Engineering and Technology Studies


     BALTIMORE - Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) has been awarded a three-year $861,694 Advanced Technology Education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund an Engineering/Technology (ET) Project model to increase the success rates of ET students, especially underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged veterans.

     Under the grant, BCCC will create a new Associate of Science degree in Engineering (ASE) with a focus on electrical engineering. The degree is being designed as part of a statewide effort to facilitate student transfer into parallel four-year engineering programs which have expressed support for the ASE degree, including: Capitol College; Frostburg State University; Johns Hopkins University; Loyola University Maryland; Morgan State University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
     In addition, BCCC will: 1) set up a state-of-the-art electrical engineering lab by upgrading its existing electronics lab; 2) develop curriculum materials using Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Mobile Studio software for BCCC electrical engineering courses and electronics technology courses; 3) enhance the college's existing electronics/technology curriculum to ease the transition for students moving between engineering and technology programs; 4) develop strong, mathematics-centered and ET-focused advising and activities; and foster articulation and internship opportunities as well as links to K-12 students.
     The grant adds to recent BCCC successes to secure funding sources to support innovative programs geared toward helping students train for high-demand career fields and enhance their capabilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).This past summer, NSF awarded BCCC a $599,995 grant to establish scholarships in STEM programs and augment support structures (academic advising, tutoring, technology and related assistance) to help students succeed.
     Last year, BCCC was awarded two Predominantly Black Institutions grants from the U.S. Department of Education - a five-year $1.25 million grant to improve outcomes for students in remedial education and a four-year $2.4 million grant to improve the graduation rate for African American male students.
     Also this past summer, the Abell Foundation presented a $218,000 grant to establish the BCCC Aspiring Scholars program, which will provide performance-based scholarships to 75 low-income graduates of Baltimore City high schools who attend BCCC this fall.

     NSF provided funding for BCCC to establish its innovative Robotics program through a grant four years ago to help faculty teach robotics and train students on robotics equipment provided by partner institution Morgan State University.

     For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement Office.