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MCCC, WPU to Team Up to Train Science, Math Teachers


WEST WINDSOR Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will have the opportunity to help train the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a partnership with William Paterson University (WPU).

MCCC has been awarded the National Science Foundation-Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant in the amount of $250,000, in partnership with WPU, with a total funding amount of more than $1 million. The purpose of the grant is to recruit, prepare, and cultivate future STEM teachers for high-need school districts.

MCCC Science Lab

Newly-renovated science labs at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will play a big role in training science, technology, engineering, and science (STEM) teachers. MCCC and William Paterson University were selected as recipients of a $1 million National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant to prepare students as STEM teachers in high-need school districts.

MCCC will identify and support future STEM teachers and prepare them for transfer as Noyce Scholars to WPU. Students will be supported with a customized academic plan that provides the necessary foundation in both education and STEM fields.

Selected students will be eligible for scholarships, as well as summer internships, tutoring, and teaching assistantships. They also will be provided with mentoring opportunities, which will continue through their first two years of teaching. All participating students will be required to commit to two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of scholarship support.

Dr. Eun-Woo Chang, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Theresa Capra, Professor of Education and Education Coordinator, will lead the project at MCCC with Professor Jamie Fleishner in Mathematics and Professor Laura Blinderman in Biology serving as coordinators for the STEM side.

This is the second NSF grant MCCC has received in recent months. In July, the NSF awarded MCCC a $600,000 grant to fund 116 full-tuition scholarships over the next five years for students majoring in the STEM disciplines.



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