New Mexico State University’s STEM Outreach Center, housed in the College of Education, recently received a nearly $12 million grant to fund after school STEM programs in the Las Cruces, Hatch and Gadsden school districts.
The grant was awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program to implement programs in schools in the Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley Public Schools and Las Cruces Public Schools. The grant provides $2.6 million to NMSU annually for the next four years, allowing the STEM Outreach Center to provide its programming to qualifying elementary schools in each district.
Hatch Valley Public Schools received a $433,147 sub-award from NMPED, of which $125,000 will go to the STEM Outreach Center to pay for after school programs in Hatch. The Hatch Boys and Girls Club will receive $82,000, and the district will retain $226,000 for teacher stipends, transportation and data management.
STEM Outreach Center director Susan Brown, who was recently named the College of Education interim associate dean of research, said this is the biggest award the center has ever received. Brown said that with the recently awarded funds, the STEM Outreach Center will serve more than 11,000 children a year in southern New Mexico, along with families and educators through the 21st Century CCLC grant and other funding sources. Read more..