Antelope Valley College is collaborating with CSU Long Beach to increase the number of engineering graduates through the local Antelope Valley Engineering program. The Antelope Valley economy is heavily dependent on aerospace industry and the need for engineers and other STEM specialists is very high in the area. AVC has partnered with CSULB since 2011 to develop two local engineering degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. Currently AVC has an engineering enrollment of over 500 students of whom only about 30 transfer to the local program. This program will have the following objectives and performance measures:
1. Increase enrollment in LB/AVC’s local engineering program by 50 students each grant year with a goal of maintaining at least 250 FTES (necessary to make the program self-sustainable in five years), with Hispanic students equitably represented in all categories (first time, full-time and transfer students) compared to overall enrollment.
2. Eliminate equity gaps in retention and successful course completion rates between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students in all newly designed engineering curriculum taught by 100% trained faculty in active learning, and NSF signature methodologies.
3. Increase transfer to at least 50 students each year from AVC to CSU LB as engineering majors; with Hispanic students equitably represented relative to total enrollment (closing the transfer equity gap.)
4. Reduce by 10% the overall six-year STEM graduation rate equity gap between first-time, full-time minority and non-minority students (currently a 13% gap).
5. Eliminate equity gap between whites and minority students in key pathway outcomes (first year retention, transfer, course success rates) leading to degree in engineering pathway.