CCAC offers free STEM education, training through $629K grant

Article by: By Stacey Federoff, Pittsburgh Business Times
 The Community College of Allegheny County is offering four STEM-related degrees or certificates thanks to a five-year National Science Foundation grant.

The community college's BioMaS, or Biotechnology, Math and Science, Workforce Collaborative program offers a certificate or associate degree in biotechnology, or an associate degree in teacher education for middle-level mathematics or a specialization in middle-level science in preparation to transfer to a four-year institution, according to a news release.

The program is funded by a five-year, $629,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. With the grant, CCAC funds students' costs after Pell grants have been applied.

Since spring 2016, 51 students have benefitted from the program with scholarships and wrap-around services. Nine have graduated with four more expected to graduate at the end of the summer, and three to four more at the end of the year, according to the release.