Padilla Announces Over $31 Million for STEM Programming at California Hispanic-Serving Institutions

33 Grants Awarded to California Higher Education Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) week, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that the U.S. Department of Education awarded over $31 million in grants to 33 California HSIs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.

“As a proud graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a degree in mechanical engineering, I know firsthand the value of STEM education,” Senator Padilla said. “This funding for HSIs across California—from community colleges to universities—will help build upon the success of their STEM educational programming. Diversity in the research environment drives scientific discovery, that’s why I’m supporting a government-wide push to increase equity in STEM education. A more diverse STEM pipeline is key to maintaining America’s leadership in innovation and promise of educational opportunity for all.”

Click here for a breakdown of grants to California HSIs

This week, Senator Padilla helped establish the new U.S. Senate HSI Caucus. The Caucus will focus on supporting and empowering HSIs across the country. California is home to more HSIs than any other state.

According to the Pew Research Center, no group faces a larger representation gap in STEM jobs than Latinos. The purpose of the Department of Education’s HSI STEM Program is to help institutions develop and carry out activities to improve and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students.

The following California HSIs received grants:

  • Cal Poly Pomona Foundation
  • Pasadena City College
  • Santa Monica Community College District
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • California State University San Marcos Corporation
  • Sonoma County Junior College District
  • Cabrillo Community College District
  • Gavilan College
  • Chico State Enterprises
  • Lake Tahoe Community College District
  • Kern Community College District-Bakersfield College
  • Ventura County Community College District
  • Glendale Community College
  • University Enterprises Corporation At CSUB
  • University Enterprises, Inc DBA Sac State Sponsored Research
  • Ventura County Community College District – Ventura College
  • Napa Valley Community College District
  • California State University Fullerton
  • University Of La Verne
  • Mission College
  • San Jose State University Research Foundation
  • San Diego State University Foundation
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • CSUB Auxilliary For Sponsored Programs Administration
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • San Diego City College
  • Riverside Community College District/Riverside City College
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District-Chabot College
  • Riverside Community College District/Moreno Valley College


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