El Camino College was recently awarded a $2.8 million dollar grant to fund a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW will bring engineering education to local high schools to create a pathway to college and career opportunities. El Camino will partner with local schools to gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school.
According to the press release, Project Lead the Way’s mission is to prepare students for the global economy and is designed to open up opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that STEM-related jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018 – nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.
Long Beach City College will serve as the fiscal lead on the grant project that also includes Cerritos College, Harbor College, and Pasadena City College. El Camino College will partner with the Centinela Valley High School District, Torrance Unified School District, El Segundo Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, and the Lennox Mathematics, Science & Technology Academy. Notably Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) is missing from the partnership.
El Camino College insiders state emphatically that Dr. Don Brann was invited to allow IUSD students