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Funding Approved for North Texas Consortium to Continue Advanced Technology Program

Funding Approved for North Texas Consortium to Continue Advanced Technology Program

The National Science Foundation has approved second-year funding of $323,370 to a consortium of four North Texas institutions to continue their three-year Advanced Technology Grant program.

Collin County Community College, Grayson County College, North Central Texas College and the University of North Texas make up the consortium, which was awarded the $847,000 NSF grant in August 1999.

"Second-year funding was contingent upon successful completion of our first year with this grant," said John Baltzer, dean of engineering technology at CCCC. "We passed all the hurdles and satisfied all of the requirements, so the project will continue full speed."

Grant funds were used to create the Advancing Careers in Technology and Science (ACTS) project. It was designed to promote the value of high-tech jobs and revitalize math and science in secondary and post-secondary schools. The project is impacting more than 80,000 students in North Texas, directly responding to the need for employees trained in high-tech areas.

The ACTS project is:

Promoting high-tech professions through community-based programs designed to draw students into these fields;

Developing new curriculum and materials for secondary and post-secondary schools that pair math and science with new industry standards;

Creating a faculty/teacher workplace interface that provides teachers with technical workplace experience and ongoing access to expertise and resources;

Developing career advancement programs to help mature learners use new technology at their workplace;

Offer recruitment and retention materials and tools, curriculum products and faculty/teacher interface systems statewide.

NOTE: For more information, you may contact John Baltzer at (972) 377-1700.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.