The campus of Yakima Valley Community College (Courtesy: YVCC)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Valley College has earned a multi-million dollar federal grant to improve infrastructure and support services for science, technology, engineering and math.

A news release this morning says YVC will use the money to strengthen partnerships with Central Washington University and Washington State University via direct transfer agreements, shared advising protocols, campus visits and transfer fairs. The money will also be used to renovate a 6,000 square-foot shop into an engineering and physics teaching space.

“Washington State needs talented graduates to advance our STEM-related industries," said YVC biology instructor Matthew Loeser in a news release. "The S2TEMS initiative identifies a leak in the STEM education pipeline and provides the tools to increase student success. We are grateful for the opportunity to put our ideas into action."

The five-year, $3.875 million grant, titled Scaffolds to STEM Success (S2TEMS), is provided by the United States Department of Education, the news release says. 

The S2TEMS initiative is designed to increase enrollment, retention, completion, and transfer in STEM programs. 

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