Payne, Jr. Announces $1.4 Million Federal Grant to Prepare 27 STEM Teachers for High-Need NJ Schools

May 4, 2016 Issues: Education, Local Issues

Jersey City, N.J.Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today announced that New Jersey City University (NJCU) has been awarded a $1,444,698 federal grant to recruit, prepare, and retain 27 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers for high-need school districts in New Jersey.

“STEM is essential to the economic future of our nation, which is why it is so important to increase access to education in innovative fields for our students,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “This critical funding will expand STEM education opportunities for students in high-need districts and ensure that they are prepared for success in the innovative fields of today’s global economy.”

The funding is awarded through the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. NJCU will work with Hudson County Community College, Bergen Community College, and Middlesex County College to recruit, prepare, and support a minimum of 20 undergraduate STEM majors in their junior and senior year and 7 STEM professionals who are committed to teach in high-need school districts. The Noyce scholars will benefit from supplemental instruction, hands-on experiential learning, mentoring, social and academic networking, professional development, and community building activities that will prepare them to teach students from diverse backgrounds.