NSF LSAMP (National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) aims to increase the number of students (particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields) who successfully complete science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs and matriculate into graduate study. NSF LSAMP goals are accomplished through the formation of alliances.
The C6 Alliance seeks to increase the success and transfer rates of Hispanic/Latinx students in STEM. The C6 colleges are located in California’s Central Coast, a primarily rural region between Northern and Southern California. The C6 project generates opportunities amongst the Alliance of community colleges partners to serve first-generation students from its rural regions with few large industries to increase student access to STEM research opportunities and internships by engaging with external stakeholders as a collaborative instead of as individual entities. Please watch this video to learn more about this NSF funded program. STEM students from Allan Hancock, Cabrillo, Cuesta, Monterey Peninsula, Moorpark, Oxnard, Santa Barbara City, and Ventura Colleges are invited to participate in all the opportunities brought to you by C6.
The specific goals of the project are:
- Narrow the Hispanic success rate gap in STEM gateway courses.
- Increase the number of Hispanic STEM students transferring to universities.
- Hold Fall Research Symposia to celebrate community college student research and project experiences.
- Increase student awareness of their academic path and their sense of belonging in STEM.
Additionally, the C6 Alliance’s industry partnerships increases industry awareness of underrepresented community college student populations’ diverse and untapped potential.