Wednesday, November 04, 2009
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    OCTOBER29, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:      STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, DR. ELEANOR TSARK (626) 914-8723, ESMERALDA MEDRANO (626) 857-4085

 

Citrus College to Host Open House of New STEM Center

by Stacy Armstrong

 

America’s economic vitality and competitive advantage is dependent upon the level of skill its workforce has in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – otherwise known as STEM. 

 

Recognizing this, Citrus College is proudly hosting an open house for its new STEM Complex on Tuesday, November 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The new complex, which is comprised of three rooms on the first floor of the Math/Science Building, was funded by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) STEM Grant that the college received in 2008.   The purpose of this grant is to encourage under-represented students in STEM majors and to help Citrus College improve its offerings to students who plan on entering the STEM fields.

 

“The open house is a wonderful opportunity to see students in action, while also becoming acquainted with the wonderful work being completed through the CCRAA STEM Grant,” said Sylvia Smythe, director of Citrus College’s College Success Program.  “Our goal is to empower our students by equipping them with the skills that are needed for the emerging professions of the 21st century.”

 

The STEM Center officially opened on the first day of the fall 2009 semester.  Since that time, over 500 students a week have utilized its many important, interactive resources.  These include free tutoring for science and math, calculus workshops, STEM counselors and transfer coaches, human anatomy models, DNA models, chemistry model sets, science DVDs, periodicals for class assignments, and computers.

“The STEM complex provides academic assistance to all students enrolled in science and math courses at Citrus College,” said Eric Rabitoy, dean of Physical and Natural Science.  “The open house provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the public to become familiar with the opportunities the center provides.”

 

For more information about Citrus College’s new STEM Center or the STEM Center Open House, call (626) 914-8723 or (626) 914-8614.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    OCTOBER29, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:      STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, DR. ELEANOR TSARK (626) 914-8723, ESMERALDA MEDRANO (626) 857-4085