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Hostos Community College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution in the South Bronx, has partnered with The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering to recently build the NSF-DUE-funded Hostos Engineering Academic Talent (HEAT) Scholarship Program. HEAT supports highly motivated low-income students to graduate and earn admission into 4-year engineering programs. In addition to financial support, HEAT offers its scholars a combined faculty- and peer-mentoring model that extends through matriculation and graduation from the 4-year institution. HEAT aims to examine the impact of this combined mentoring model on the outcome of its scholars. We report positive impacts of this model on student academic performance as assessed by rates of retention and 4-year college matriculation in engineering disciplines: 90% of the scholars remain in the program, have graduated with an A.S. in Engineering, and/or working in engineering. Here, we examine the HEAT Scholars’ perception about the program. HEAT Scholars have reported that the combined mentoring model is the most valuable aspect of the program. Altogether, HEAT serves as a model for improving engineering / STEM education outcomes and enhancing socio-economic mobility among underserved communities for adoption by other community colleges and 4-year institutions.
Rodríguez, Y., & Varelas, A., & Nieto-Wire, C., & Angulo, N., & DePass, A. (2022, August), The Hostos Engineering Academic Talent (HEAT) Scholarship Program: An Educational Model to Enhance Socio-Economic Mobility for Community College Students Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/42039
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