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U.S NSF Decision to Support Community Colleges in the Pacific Islands

The U.S National Science Foundation has decided to fund the regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education grant titled named, National Science Foundation – Advanced Technological Education: Partnership for Advanced Marine and Environmental Science Training for Pacific Islanders.

It is said that $900,000 has been allocated, to be used over three years time period. This contribution will support the marine & environmental science education at the following five community colleges in the Pacific islands:

American Samoa Community College, the College of Micronesia-FSM, the College of the Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas College, and Palau Community College.

The donation is aimed to enhance the curriculum, develop the college faculties, increase the number of internships and field experiences for students and also to make scientific infrastructure of the participating learning institutions stronger. The project will focus on island ecosystems and climate change science. Moreover, this project will definitely give students the knowledge of using new tools and technologies and it will also provide internships and invaluable research experiences.

Two workshops for faculty members and students will be conducted at the Palau International Coral Reef Center, the same center that conducted previous workshops.

NSF for regional community colleges has supported  over a thousand students with such endeavours.

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