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SPC to Get $1 Million to Help Increase Student Diversity in STEM Courses

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The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation, will allow SPC to fund activities focused on student recruitment and retention and will also be used for undergraduate research experiences, career exploration, and professional development.

ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg College is slated to receive a $1 million grant aimed at helping increase diversity and support the advancement of Black, Hispanic, and underrepresented communities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, announced the grant today, which will go to SPC’s Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate Alliance program. TB-B2B is led by St. Petersburg College in partnership with Hillborough Community College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, with the University of South Florida as an informal partner.

“This grant will increase Black and Hispanic students in Pinellas County’s access to a STEM education, opening the door to better paying jobs and strengthening the workforce in our area,” Crist said. “I’m proud of the work being done by SPC and their regional partners, leading the charge to create greater opportunities for minority students in cutting edge fields where we need more skilled workers.”

The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation, will allow SPC to fund activities focused on student recruitment and retention through advising, mentorship, and peer connections. The funding will also be used for undergraduate research experiences, career exploration, and professional development, activities which will be supported by a network of regional partners, including four-year institutions, research centers, and STEM enterprises to help minority students graduate with STEM degrees and successfully step into the workforce.

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