Five institutions of higher education, including The University of Texas at El Paso as the lead grantee of the El Paso Regional Team, have been selected to receive STEM Accelerator grants, which range from $550,000 to $800,000 over three years.
Over the next decade, Texas is projected to have the second highest percentage of the nation’s future STEM job opportunities (approximately 10%). The purpose of the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator (STEM Accelerator) initiative is to address this growth by strategically increasing the number of underrepresented students earning STEM degrees throughout the state.
Each institution has convened a regional consortium that includes two-year colleges, four-year colleges, K-12 partners, and workforce partners. Consortium members have examined regional workforce data, identified the STEM pathway(s) in which they plan to work, and have begun engaging faculty and workforce to (1) redesign gateway courses in STEM majors and ensure alignment to workforce needs and (2) provide professional development for faculty to improve teaching and learning in STEM fields.
The El Paso Regional Team includes:
- El Paso Community College
- Region 19 Education Service Center
- Workforce Solutions, Upper Rio Grande Valley
- The Borderplex Alliance
- Prudential El Paso Pramerica Systems Ireland
- Council for Economic Expansion & Economic Development
The official announcement is scheduled for Friday, March 4th.