The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Holmes Community College a $2.76 million grant to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) offerings.
The multifaceted purpose of the grant includes strengthening outreach efforts, expanding educational opportunities, and supporting financial means to serve the academic needs of students. The STEM Major Project was developed by Holmes to renovate STEM facilities with cutting-edge technology while incorporating activities and programs promoting STEM awareness. A culmination of these collaborative efforts will aid in increasing enrollment and completion of STEM-related degrees offered at Holmes to advance the ongoing success of its students.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us to leverage federal grant dollars with private donations and college funds to do amazing work for our students and faculty,” said Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey. “Holmes students deserve the best facilities, instructors and equipment in the state, and we are committed to making sure our future Mississippi leaders have all the tools they need to be successful. We can’t wait to get to work on making these improvements.”
The Holmes Development Foundation recognizes the outcomes set forth by The STEM Major Project to be achievable, successful and promising. STEM students will be inspired by the grant’s forward-thinking revisions and strategies to impact the awareness of opportunities in STEM educational programs as well as have an important impact on students gaining access to quality opportunities for personal growth and understanding in the STEM fields.
In support of the efforts to enrich and diversify the college’s STEM provisions, the grant will annually match $100,000 of donations given to the Holmes Community College Development Foundation on behalf of The STEM Major Project. The Holmes Community College Development Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, will be allowed to utilize interest from the annual $100,000 matching endowment to enhance the areas of STEM, including scholarships for underrepresented students and all other students as well as provide ongoing essential items for the STEM Divisions, such as instructional equipment and supplies.
Overall, the leading projections in The STEM Major Project will secure the practicality of activities set forth by the STEM divisions to become an innovative leader among Mississippi’s fifteen public community colleges, paving the way for Holmes students to have parallel proficiencies to successfully proclaim employment in the highly-competitive STEM occupations.
Please contact the Holmes Development Foundation office at (662)472-9017 to discuss giving opportunities for the matching grant or visit https://holmesccalumni.360alumni.com/campaign/452/the-stem-major-project/.