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1 Ocean Literacy and Education: Building an Innovative Workforce through Diversity Maria E. Alvarez, Ph.D., Professor of Biology MBRS-RISE and EARDA Program Director El Paso Community College P.O. Box El Paso, TX

2 From our Ocean…….

3 Community Colleges The Education System of the Future  Affordable and accessible  Multiple entrance and exit points  Open door (from kinder care to geriatric)  Responsive to workforce needs  Success stories: Commander Eileen Collins, Dr. Richard Carmona, Congressman Silvestre Reyes Dr. Adena Loston, NASA, Community College Day at NSF, April 2006

4 Two-Year/Community Colleges  1,100 regionally accredited community, two-year colleges  Ten million students  46% of all U.S. undergraduates, 45% of first-time freshmen  56% of Hispanic, 57% of Native American, 467of African American and 48% of Pacific Islander  58% of female undergraduates  Talented student population  Great potential to enter the Ph.D. pipeline  Two-year colleges have not received the same level of funding as four-year institutions  American Association of Community Colleges (www.aacc.nche.edu)

5 Community College Advantages  Smaller class size at the freshman and sophomore level  Flexible class schedules which facilitate student employment  More personalized attention and support  Extremely affordable (average community college tuition is $1,560 compared to $4,081 for universities)

6 EPCC Demographics The Fastest Growing Community College in the U.S. Five Campuses Record Credit Enrollment for Spring 2006 – 24,000 85% Hispanic student population 62% Female, 38% Male Average age 26.4 More than 130 programs of study Approximately 5,000 students enroll in Biology and Chemistry classes per year Transferable science courses

7 EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Numero 1)   First Community College to receive an Extramural Associates Research Development Award from NIH   First Community College to receive a Multi-user Biological Equipment Grant and a Facilities Renovation Grant from NSF   First Community College to receive an MBRS- RISE Grant from NIH   First Community College to receive a grant for an ICP from NSF’s Chemical Instrumentation Program   Total Funding >$5,000,000

8 STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS   >100 Students participated in research activities   60 presentations at national and 20 regional scientific meetings   9 RISE student research awards   3 RISE students conducted research at NIH and Baylor   5 RISE students are in Ph.D. programs

9 Building the Dream   Catalysts (Faculty, Administrators, Students)   Training 1. Quality Education for Minorities Network Workshops for NSF (http://qemnetwork.qem.org/index.htm)http://qemnetwork.qem.org/index.htm 2. The Extramural Associates Program at NIH- NICHD (www.nichd.nih.gov/about/od/eap/eap.htm)www.nichd.nih.gov/about/od/eap/eap.htm   Funding-MBRS-RISE Program (www.nigms.nih.gov/Minority)www.nigms.nih.gov/Minority

10 The Extramural Associates Program  Ten-week residency at NIH  Funding opportunities and mechanisms at NIH and other agencies  Workshops on grant writing, policies, institutional capabilities assessment, compliance, proposal receipt and referral  Review sections  NIH Mentor, contacts  Equipment donation programs  Become an advocate  $30,000 Phase I EARDA Grant Award  Phase II EARDA expanded the benefits

11 MBRS-RISE PROGRAM   Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement   EPCC’s RISE to the Challenge (www.epcc.edu/programpages/rise)www.epcc.edu/programpages/rise   First award to a two-year college   Funded on the first trial   Two million over a four-year period   Student, Faculty and Community Development Activities

12 NIH-NIGMS-MORE Student Development Programs PhD Granting Institutions MARC U*STAR MBRS-RISE Bridges to the Doctorate Bridges to the Baccalaureate

13 Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree   Provides funds for a partnership program involving two-year colleges awarding the Associate’s degree and institutions awarding the Baccalaureate degree in science relevant to biomedical/behavioral research disciplines.   Bridges Programs must be designed to target underrepresented minority students majoring in the sciences. Bridges to the Doctorate Degree   Provides funds for a partnership program involving institutions awarding the M.S. degree and universities awarding the Ph.D. degree.   Bridges Programs must be designed to target underrepresented minority graduate students majoring in the sciences.

14 RISE Program   Institutions will make use of existing research on how to improve undergraduate teaching and learning to design programs aimed at increasing the competitiveness and interest of students for graduate school.   For the graduate component, institutions will design programs that expect students to perform at a high-level, thus increasing the retention and graduation of competitively trained students who will pursue research careers. MARC U* STAR Program   Institutional training grants provided for the support of minority, full-time, honors junior/senior undergraduate students participating in a MARC curriculum.   Programs may be designed to include pre-MARC student development activities.

15 Science Literacy in a Complex Education System   Implement in College for all students inquiry- based teaching and non-cookbook lab experiments   Making Science out of Science Education   Focus on recruiting, preparing and supporting science teachers (10,000 exceptional students attracted to K-12 Science and Math teaching annually)   Information booklets for parents and students   Adviser, teacher, role model, friend training for faculty   Science Education partnerships between college faculty and K-12 teachers always positive Dr. Bruce Alberts, UCSF, NAS, ASM 2006 National Meeting Dr. Bruce Alberts, UCSF, NAS, ASM 2006 Annual Meeting (www.nas.edu)www.nas.edu

16 Community Colleges: A Rainbow of Opportunities Imelda Rocha and Hugo Rodriguez NASA’s Reduced Gravity Program The MBRS-RISE Team


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