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A little history… CCCS Consortium Grants. Colorado Lumina Initiative, Lumina Foundation- 2005- 2008 - A forerunner for the developmental education redesign Colorado SUN, Office of Vocational Education -Understanding the importance of student navigators in overall student success. .

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    1. A little history…CCCS Consortium Grants Colorado Lumina Initiative, Lumina Foundation- 2005- 2008 - A forerunner for the developmental education redesign Colorado SUN, Office of Vocational Education-Understanding the importance of student navigators in overall student success.

    2. Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium $17.3 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Consortium is focused on enhancing current energy-related programs with the goal of training highly qualified workers for businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce

    3. Colorado Health Care Education Online (CHEO) • $14.2 million multi- state Round 2, TAACCCT at Pueblo Community College. Eight community college partners in five states. • The CHEO Project helps community college students develop the skills needed to secure viable and sustainable employment in the allied health fields. • North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) theCHEO Consortium will introduce technology in introductory level science courses using open source software and a robotic interface which will allow students to remotely control actual lab equipment.

    4. NANSLO • The project builds on the work of the WICHE-managed North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO), an innovative U.S.-Canadian consortium of institutions that facilitates the sharing of remotely accessible scientific equipment through use of the Internet and a distributed network, providing students with the opportunity to conduct virtual-hands-on science experiments online. • WICHE’s role in the CHEO project will be to coordinate the use of NANSLO and put together professional development programs for career coaches at the eight participating institutions:

    5. Immersive and Game-based Learning Grants • $3 million from the State board to develop immersive and game-based learning curriculum and products to make learning more engaging.

    6. Consortium Grants = System-wide Impact • Sharing best practices and dissemination • Changes in program delivery to meet student need. • Innovation • Defining and maintaining the pipeline

    7. National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education The NSF’s ATE program, is a congressionally mandated program that looks specifically at community colleges to create partnerships between scientific and technologically based companies and institutions. • http://www.nsf.gov/

    8. National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education • Supports curriculum development • Supports professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers • Supports the development of career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. • Supports articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. • Invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

    9. National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education • Supports efforts to improve the knowledge and skills of technicians who work in high technology fields that drive the nation’s economy. • Focuses on undergraduates, secondary school students, incumbent technicians, as well as the educators who teach them. • Provides funding for educators to test and implement their ideas for improving the technical skills and the general STEM preparation of technicians and educators, and for developing more technicians.

    10. STEM Trends- NSF focus • Nanotechnology • Cyber Security • Computational Science • GeoScience • Gaming • Photonics • Cloud Computing • Mobile App Development

    11. Strategic goals • Discuss the needs and gaps in STEM education and employment • Identify and develop targeted programs to create a system-wide and a regional NSF-ATE program • The STEM collaborative will develop ideas for a long term plan for National Science Foundation – ATE funding • NSF- ATE grant submission- October of any given year

    12. Leveraging Collaborative Partnerships • Partnerships are powerful – NSF ATE looks specifically at community colleges to create partnerships between scientific and technologically based companies and institutions • Creates an impact on the region • Benefits the system as a whole to more clearly define and align STEM programs with the NSF’s definition of STEM

    13. Next steps… • Identifying our strategic vision, mission and goals for STEM • Identify criteria and metrics for effectiveness to align with the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap • Identifying funding opportunities • Developing grant programs

    14. Questions? • Feel free to contact us! • Jennifer Jirous, STEM Program Director-CTE jennifer.jirous@cccs.edu (720) 858-2811 • Kristin Cutaia, Director of Grants and Resource Development Kristin.cutaia@cccs.edu (720) 858-2332