Administration

Current Grant Projects

 

 Amazon Web Services Cloud Skills Pilot Program

Funding Agency: CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Award: $150,000

Funding Period: 04/01/2022 – 06/30/2024

Project Manager: Nancy Cardenas (cardenas_nancy@smc.edu), 310-434-8621

As a part of the Workforce and Economic Development Division, SMC has been selected to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support Information Technology (IT) faculty to design, build, market, and deliver a new cloud-computing competency-based Associate’s Degree program in California. SMC will participate in an intensive 6-month program where existing IT courses will be “cloudified” (adapted to incorporate cloud technologies). The partnership is known as the “Amazon Web Services Pilot Cloud Skills Program.”

California Adult Education Program

Funding Agency: CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Award: $441,333

Funding Period: No end date

Project Manager: Ashley Mejia (mejia_ashley@smc.edu), 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.

CCAMPIS Grant

Funding Agency: U.S. Dept. of Education

Award: $1,120,000

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

Project Manager: Jeanette Lopez (lopez_jeanette@smc.edu)

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.

Climate and Food Security Internships

Funding Agency: California Volunteers, Office of the Governor

Award: $21,870

Funding Period: 04/01/2022 – 06/30/2024

Project Manager: Ferris Kawar (kawar_ferris@smc.edu), 310-434-3911

Partnership with Climate Action for Santa Monica (CASM) and the City of Santa Monica. Through support provided by a career counselor, provides underserved youth an opportunity to gain real world work experience by working on projects that address Climate and/or Food Security issues. Their work in the field and support from our counselors, will help to give them the experience they need to find employment.

Expanding the Cell Science and Immunological Testing Workforce by Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Credentialed Biotechnology Program

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Award: $348,925

Funding Period: 07/01/22 – 06/30/25

Project Managers: Andria Denmon (denmon_andria@smc.edu), Thomas Chen (chen_thomas@smc.edu)

Project will support the rapid growth of biotechnology industries in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles while influencing the economic impact of Southern California; expand outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts of students from traditionally untapped pools of talent and communities; and, grow a diverse and talented workforce while narrowing the training, mentorship, and employment equity gaps associated with the LS/Biotech industry in California. This equity-centered and inclusive biotechnology technician education program has the potential to serve as a replicable model for how to advance diversity and inclusion in programs that focus on LS/Biotech technician education.

Fostering an Equity Mindset

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Award: $2,500,000

Funding Period: 10/01/2019 - 09/30/2024

Project Manager: Silvana Carrion (carrion_silvana@smc.edu), 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.

Higher Education Student Housing Planning Grant

Funding Agency: California Community College Chancellor's Office

Award: $110,000

Funding Period: 3/1/22 – 10/31/22

Project Manager: Charlie Yen (yen_charlie@smc.edu), 310-434-3002

A full and robust analysis of local housing market trends will be conducted during the feasibility study phase. The study will provide qualitative and quantitative data regarding market demand and feasibility, and confirm or direct the estimated need for a student housing complex for the College.

Hispanic Serving Institution STEM and Articulation Program Title III - Engage, Succeed, Advance STEM

Funding Agency: Department of Education

Award: $4,944,951

Funding Period: 10/1/2021 - 9/30/2026

Project Manager: Vanan Yahnian (yahnian_vanan@smc.edu), 310-434-3993

The Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM and Articulation Program, Title III will engage students in STEM via outreach events, bringing Underrepresented Minority (URM) speakers to campus, expanding Supplemental Instruction(SI) to critical STEM courses. To develop and implement a Faculty Led Makerspace that will have laser printers, 3D printers and scanners a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine used in STEM studies.

Humanities Initiatives for Community Colleges

Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Award: $100,000

Funding Period: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021

Project Manager: Briana Simmons (simmons_briana@smc.edu), 310-434-8362

The Humanities Initiatives for Community Colleges will create digital documentation of culturally significant artwork, architecture, and other locations to enhance the relevance of existing Art History coursework and strengthen student engagement thereby strengthening student success.

Integrating Liberal Arts Foundations in the Engineering Undergraduate Experience

Funding Agency: Teagle Foundation (Subrecipient to UCLA)

Award: $35,715

Funding Period: 07/01/2019 – 06/30/2022

Project Manager: Tram Dang (dang_tram@smc.edu), 310-434-4852

SMC will work with UCLA (as the fiscal agent) and other community colleges to implement "Integrating Liberal Arts Foundations in the Engineering Undergraduate Experience." As a subrecipient of the Teagle Foundation grant to UCLA, SMC will redesign the curriculum in the engineering program's introductory course (ENGR 1).

Navigating the Pathway to Success - Title V

Funding Agency: Department of Education

Award: $3,000,000

Funding Period: 10/01/2019 - 09/30/2024

Project Manager: Deyadra Blye (blye_deyadra@smc.edu), 310-434-4149

The Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program will develop a peer coaching/pathway navigator program that will 1) increase the number of Latinx and other low-income students who complete their educational goals; 2) reduce the time to completion for Latinx and other low-income students; and 3) decrease the overall cost of education for Latinx and other low-income students.

Noncredit Strong Workforce Program

Funding Agency: CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Award: $70,000

Funding Period: ends 12/31/2022

Project Manager: Ashley Mejia (mejia_ashley@smc.edu), 310-434-4383

The Noncredit Strong Workforce Program (SWP) allocates funding for the creation of noncredit career educational pathways to credit bearing coursework or employment.

Perkins V

Funding Agency: California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Award: $912,212

Funding Period: 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2022

Project Manager: Patricia Ramos (ramos_patricia@smc.edu), 310-434-3311

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education supports Accounting, Aquaculture, CIS, Cosmetology, Digital Media, DSPS,  ECE, Film Production, Media Production (Broadcasting),  Nursing, Respiratory Care,  Applied Photography, Sustainable Tech, Technical Theatre) programs.

Pico Partnership

Funding Agency: City of Santa Monica

Award: $133,110

Funding Period: 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2022

Project Manager: Aimee Lem (lem_aimee@smc.edu), 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.

Strong Workforce Program (Local) Round 3, 4, 5 

Funding Agency: California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Award: R3 - $1,217,315; R4 - $1,176,685; R5 - $1,225,686

Funding Period: 07/01/2019 – 06/30/2023

Project Manager: Sasha King (king_sasha@smc.edu), 310-434-3404

The Strong Workforce Program (SWP) helps to strengthen career education programs through local collaboration and by preparing more students for high-demand, high-wage jobs. SWP incentive funding provides rewards to colleges and regions that attain these goals. Funding must lead to “more (quantity) and better (improved)” career technical education (CTE) by targeting student success, career pathways, workforce data and outcomes, curriculum and other program areas.

Strong Workforce Program (Regional) Round 3, 4 

Funding Agency: California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Award: R3 - $4,840,712; R4 - $909,500

Funding Period: 07/01/2019 – 06/30/2022

Project Manager: Sasha King (king_sasha@smc.edu), 310-434-3404

The Strong Workforce Program (SWP) helps to strengthen career education programs through regional collaboration and by preparing more students for high-demand, high-wage jobs. SWP incentive funding provides rewards to colleges and regions that attain these goals. Funding must lead to “more (quantity) and better (improved)” career technical education (CTE) by targeting student success, career pathways, workforce data and outcomes, curriculum and other program areas.

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 (cooper_bonita@smc.edu), 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: 03/01/2019 – 12/31/2021 (extended thru 6/30/2022)

Project Manager: Daniella Washington (Washington_daniella@smc.edu), 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.