All things STEM — science, technology, engineering, math — at Santa Barbara City College got a financial boon this week with the announcement of a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. With the windfall, the college’s “Removing Barriers to STEM Success” project will expand resources for teachers looking to update curriculum, fund a faculty mentor program, and bring in supplemental coursework, among many development opportunities across campus. “This grant will provide SBCC the funds to implement innovative tools to support our students in achieving their STEM educational goals. This grant will also focus on supporting Hispanic and/or low-income students … underrepresented in STEM fields,” said SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe in a statement.


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