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CPCC shares in $1.5 million science grant

Jonathan Phomsouvanh, left, and Agata Kedzierska machine from raw steel a “tapered center” in the CPCC Computer Integrated Machining Center on Feb. 12.
Jonathan Phomsouvanh, left, and Agata Kedzierska machine from raw steel a “tapered center” in the CPCC Computer Integrated Machining Center on Feb. 12. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Central Piedmont Community College and two partner colleges have won a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to boost minority students in science, technology, engineering and math.

CPCC will lead the North Carolina STEM Alliance with Davidson County Community College and Guilford Technical Community College.

The goal is to increase enrollment of minority students in associate-degree STEM programs by 50 percent, and to see that the students pursue bachelor’s degrees.

Minority students enroll in STEM courses in disproportionately low numbers.

The grant will pay for mentoring, academic support, career and academic advising and financial support.

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