Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer selected Yavapai College as one of three Arizona community colleges receiving a share of $1.5 million in Engineering Pathways money designed to help students earn degrees and become skilled workers to strengthen local economies.
"I am pleased to support and look forward to being an active participant in the development, implementation and expansion of the Engineering Pathways model that will enable college opportunities for high school students, as well as certification and degree options that support our local employers," said Yavapai College President James Horton.
On Oct. 29, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced she is dedicating $3.1 million of her discretionary federal stimulus dollars to help Arizona train future engineers and attract the top science minds. Awarded through Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), the money will be used to expand programs: $1.5 million to replicate the Engineering Pathways program piloted at Cochise College, and $1.6 million to SFAz's flagship program with the state's three public universities to sponsor students seeking advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields.
The Engineering Pathways program involves the creation of a pathway from high school to community college and toward industry certification and degrees to help support 21st-century employment needs, including engineering technicians and modern manufacturing.