The Maricopa Community Colleges have received $1.4 million from the state of Arizona to bolster educational efforts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and workforce areas.
The criteria used to determine the allocation of the funds within the district considered established programs that have strong existing partnerships with business and industry, and sustainable employment demand.
Schools sharing some of the money and their plans include:
- Chandler-Gilbert College for the updating of labs and equipment for its Aviation and Composite Manufacturing programs.
- Estrella Mountain College for the expansion of the Energy program and a new Pathway program (IT Systems).
- Mesa Community College for the Additive Manufacturing program and interdisciplinary 3-D Printing program housed in the school’s Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute.