Current Grant Projects


California Adult Education Program

Funding Agency: CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Award: $441,333

Funding Period: No end date

Project Manager: Ashley Mejia (, 310-434-4383

The California Adult Education Program allocates regional funding for adult education/noncredit programs. As part of this regional program, SMC has partnered with the SMMUSD Adult Education Center to create adult education/noncredit pathways and support services to credit bearing programs and workforce for adults 18 and over.


Funding Agency: U.S. Dept. of Education

Award: $1,120,000

Funding Period: 10/01/2021 – 09/30/2025

Project Manager: Jeanette Lopez (

CCAMPIS increases access to post-secondary education for low-income (PELL Grant eligible) student parents by providing quality, affordable and accessible childcare services while they further their education. CCAMPIS covers up to 100% of the cost for part-time, full-time, and extended hours childcare. Student parents who qualify may select a licensed childcare center to care for their children while they attend SMC classes.

Fostering an Equity Mindset

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Award: $2,500,000

Funding Period: 10/01/19 - 09/30/24

Project Manager: Silvana Carrion (, 310-434-4837

Using a cohort-based model, the Fostering an Equity Mindset project facilitates STEM Faculty professional development in equity to support student success via coaching and mentoring.

Noncredit Strong Workforce Program

Funding Agency: CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Award: $70,000

Funding Period: ends 12/31/2022

The Noncredit Strong Workforce Program allocates funding for the creation of noncredit Career Educational pathways to credit bearing coursework or employment.

Pico Partnership

Funding Agency: City of Santa Monica

Award: $133,110

Funding Period: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2021 (extended thru 6/30/22)

Project Manager: Aimee Lem (, 310-434-8018

The Pico Partnership program is a joint partnership between Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica. The program is designed to meet the need of underserved, under-represented youth living in close proximity to the college. The program assists and motivates young residents of the Pico neighborhood to pursue postsecondary activities leading to degrees, certificates, transfer to a 4-year university, and/or employment.

TRIO/Upward Bound

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Award: $297,601 annually

Funding Period: 09/01/2017 – 08/31/2022

Project Manager: Bonita Cooper (, 310-434-4717

TRIO/Upward Bound is a college access program for low-income and/or first-generation high school students. Serving 60 students per year, partner high schools include Venice HS, Dr. Maya Angelou HS, and William and Carol Ouchi HS.  Services include academic advising, workshops, and guest speakers during the year and at a Saturday Academy during a 6-week summer program. Topics include personal development, college applications, financial aid, financial literacy, and stress and time management.

Veteran’s Resource Center

Funding Agency: CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Award: $200,000

Funding Period: 03/01/19 – 12/31/21

Project Manager: Daniella Washington (, 310-434-8612

The goal of this Veterans Resource Center project is to expand the capacity of the existing Veterans Resource Center to improve and enhance the educational outcomes of student veterans.  This project provides both instructional and student services support to strengthen overall success, targeting successful course completion, persistence, goal attainment, and transfer/employment.