MCC selected to participate in ASU STEM program to better serve Hispanic students

Published by The Bee News

January 5, 2023

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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College has been selected to participate in the STEM Kickstarter 2.0 program at Arizona State University. MCC will be part of a cohort program with the National Science Foundation that helps to better serve Hispanic students in STEM at two-year Hispanic Serving Institutions.  

The program is 18 months long and the MCC team spans throughout multiple campuses and departments including faculty from Life Sciences, Math, campus deans, students and more. Dr. Tonya Jackson, Associate Dean of Instruction for STEM is looking forward to the opportunity to make sure underserved students’ needs are being met. 

“We have a wonderfully eclectic team so we’re all excited about different aspects of the program. I’m excited to have a student on our team Martha Aguilar is a chemistry major a work study in the library and is active in various student groups,” Dr. Jackson said. “I’m excited to give her a glimpse into the turning wheels of working in higher education outside of the traditional classroom and lab space.” 

Those part of the MCC Team are: Dr. Cesar Fuentes (lead faculty, Life Sciences); Kelene Keating (faculty, Life Sciences); Dr. Lucinda Leugers (Dean of General Education and Transfer); Dr. Maria Ayon (Dean of Student and Community Engagement); Martha Aguilar (Student); Angel Soto (STEM Technician); Abigail Jaimes-Gomez (Educational Development); Matt Wienke (Math faculty) and Mike Rozinski (Math faculty). 

The program is going to help MCC look at institutional changes and changes that can be made in the classroom to better support Hispanic students.  

Dr. Jackson said we know that almost all reforms geared toward helping the underserved end up helping all students in the long run, some students just make even larger gains when we’re more intentional in our decision making. 

ASU will be providing support, guidance and professional development as MCC faculty go through the four stages of the Kickstarter 2.0 program. ASU has helped 31 institutions obtain over $15.1 million dollars in grant funding for STEM education after graduating. To be successful in the program, the team needs to assess current practices and work toward building stronger programs.  

To learn more about what degrees are offered at MCC, visit Mohave.edu/degrees. The college is currently enrolling students in spring and summer semesters, which begin January 17 and May 22. Tuition assistance is available. The college Call Center can be reached at 866-MOHAVECC or 866-664-2832. Anyone who is interested in becoming an MCC student is encouraged to fill out the free online application at Apply.Mohave.edu, or visit a nearby campus for assistance. 

Mohave Community College has been selected to participate in the STEM Kickstarter 2.0 program at Arizona State University that will help better serve Hispanic students in STEM at two-year Hispanic Serving Institutions. Students in the Dual Enrollment program, Nicolas (left) and Coby (right) are performing a Benedict’s test to look for reducing sugars in various substances.

 

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