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The Community College Presidents Initiative in STEM (CCPI-STEM) focuses on advancing STEM workforce education and the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.  The project strengths include an experienced leadership team, a nationally-recognized advisory board, and organizational collaborations with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Several Regional Networks (RNs), each led by a community college President, are promoting STEM workforce education throughout the nation, encouraging academic and business partnerships, and championing the importance of NSF ATE funding opportunities.  An important facet of CCPI is the STEM Fellows program, aiming to strengthen community college faculty and administrators, and to nurture their leadership skills to grow and diversify the future STEM technician workforce. Another CCPI-STEM signature program is the development of instructional modules for inclusion in community college leadership graduate programs and leadership institutes. These modules address the benefits, opportunities and strategies of grant funding. The CCPI-STEM programs are promoted through local, regional, and national outreach and dissemination efforts.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program that focuses on the education of technicians for the advanced-technology fields that drive the nation’s economy. Grant #2132510.

EmphasesThe project has two major emphases:

The important leadership role of administrators and Boards of Trustees in community college external funding for STEM education.

The institutional infrastructure and capacity necessary for effective grant development and implementation, overcoming challenges to success.

ObjectivesFour objectives will guide the execution of this project

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To catalyze the engagement of community college presidents, boards of trustees, and other senior administrators in developing STEM action items for their colleges and communities.
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To identify and analyze the needs and issues of interest and importance to community college leaders by region.
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To develop and pilot test instructional curricular materials for existing and future community college presidents and leaders that will strengthen their understanding of STEM education issues.
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To strengthen collaborations with the business community that investigate and promote the economic impact of the ATE program.

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