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San Joaquin Delta College Receives $126,000 Grant for STEM Summer Programs

San Joaquin Delta College will be bringing STEM education to girls in the Stockton Unified School District this summer, thanks to a $126,000 grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Verizon Foundation.

The college was one of 16 community colleges selected to offer the Verizon Innovative Learning program. This program is designed to address the need for more girls, especially in rural America, to be prepared for STEM careers of the future. It brings free technology, access, and immersive, hands-on learning experiences to kids in need.

That access comes in the form of a three-week camp, which will be held from July 9-27, followed by monthly events at Delta College from September-May. The two-year grant will provide funding for 100 middle school girls to attend the program each year.

The camp will consist of a three-week intensive learning experience including courses in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship, and design thinking principles. Lunch, refreshments, and transportation to/from the Delta College will be provided to the campers at no-cost during the camp.

Each camper who participates in at least 80 percent of the programming will receive a Verizon Ellipsis 10 tablet.

The support from the Verizon Innovative Learning Program also extends to teachers. STEM teachers from schools in the San Joaquin Delta College District were recruited to teach the program. Two of those instructors, one middle school teacher and one high school teacher, attended a three-day professional development training program developed by Arizona State University and sponsored by NACCE and Verizon.

Alese Campbell, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator for the Central Valley/Mother Lode Region, said she is looking forward to the opportunities that Verizon Innovative Learning will bring to the region and its students.

“We are so excited to host this camp,” Campbell said. “The girls are going to be thrilled with the hands-on learning experience and exposure to STEM role models.”

For more information about the 2018 Verizon Innovative Learning program, visit https://nacce.site-ym.com/page/Verizon18RegForm.

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