The goal of the grants department is to provide external public funding opportunities in support of identified college needs through federal, state, private and local grants. The external funding obtained through grants and projects supports curriculum and course development, acquisition of equipment, faculty development, cultural programs, student financial aid and student support services.
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Joan M. Suchorski
Associate Vice President for Development,
Grants & Projects
Santa Fe College Office for Development
Robertson Administration Building - Room 207
3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606
phone: (352) 395-5200
Santa Fe College Information Technology professors Cheryl Calhoun and Elizabeth Drake recently received a $5,000 award from Google for their winning submission to Google’s small grants program for engagement and retention in introductory computer science classes.
“The Google CS Engagement award is designed to support our efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse student population in our information technology courses. We are encouraged to use the materials provided by NCWIT and Google as part of the EngageCSEdu project,” Calhoun said in an email.
With the goal to establish a more diverse computing workforce, Google, in collaboration the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), presents monetary awards to educators for engagement and retention of women and other underrepresented groups in computer science courses.
Educators from across the nation contribute to EngageCSEdu, which is a collection of open course materials for introductory computer science courses. According to Google’s EngageCSEdu team, many things influence retention in computer science education, but having a great experience in introductory courses is key.
“We will use the award to develop inclusive curriculum for our new Computer Concepts course. This course is designed to give students an overview of computer science, technology and careers that use computer technology,” said Calhoun. “This is a great course for every Santa Fe College student to take!”