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Using Financial Support to Create a Learning Community Among Diverse Community College STEM Students

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Making Headway: Two-year/Four-year Curriculum Alignment and Also U-G Research

Tagged Division

Two Year College Division

Page Count

17

Page Numbers

25.1426.1 - 25.1426.17

DOI

10.18260/1-2--22183

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https://peer.asee.org/22183

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115

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Amelito G. Enriquez Cañada College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-0680

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of engineering and mathematics at Cañada College in Redwood City, Calif. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority, and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science, and engineering.

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Catherine Baker Lipe Cañada College

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Abstract

Using Financial Support to Create a Learning Community Among Diverse Community College STEM StudentsAbstract:Although many California Community College students from underrepresented groupsenter college with high levels of interest in science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM), the majority of them drop out or change majors even before takingtransfer-level courses due to a variety of reasons including financial difficulties,inadequate academic preparation, lack of family support, poor study skills, andinadequate or ineffective academic advising and mentoring. In 2009, Cañada College, afederally designated Hispanic-serving institution in the San Francisco Bay Area, receiveda National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, andMathematics (S-STEM) grant to develop a scholarship program for financially needycommunity college students intending to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue abachelor’s degree in a STEM field. In collaboration with the College’s Mathematics,Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program – an academic, personal, andprofessional support structure has been designed and implemented to maximize thelikelihood of success of these students. This support structure aims to create a learningcommunity among the scholars through a combination of academic counseling andmentoring, personal enrichment and professional development opportunities, and strongacademic support services. This paper describes how faculty, staff, administrators,alumni, student organizations, and partners in industry, four-year institutions, andprofessional organizations can be involved in creating an academic infrastructure thatpromotes academic excellence, leadership skills, and personal and professional growthamong the diversity of financially needy STEM students in a community college.

Enriquez, A. G., & Lipe, C. B. (2012, June), Using Financial Support to Create a Learning Community Among Diverse Community College STEM Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22183

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