STEM grant to fund three new programs at GCCC

GARDEN CITY – Garden City Community College has received a Title V Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Grant from the Department of Education.

The 5-year, $5 million grant will fund three new programs in Cybersecurity, Robotics and Crop Production, as well as two faculty and two staff positions for implementation and oversight. The grant provides funding to complete an addition to the north side of the FOUSE building for a physics lab, cybersecurity lab, robotics lab, classroom, student tutoring space, offices, and a greenhouse.

The project has four components:

  • Expand STEM instruction with three new certificate/degree programs and ten STEM courses converted for online delivery;
  • Develop a robust Articulation Program with Fort Hays State University, the nearest Kansas four-year institution, with a Transfer Center and services;
  • Create services including summer programs to build STEM interest and skill with activities;
  • Renovate a STEM Hub and labs and equip the Hub, labs, and STEM classrooms for instruction and support.

The opportunities provided by this grant will position GCCC to be the STEM Central hub for western Kansas, as well as the first community college in the region with separate labs for biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physics, along with a cadaver lab and virtual dissection tables.

“With the award of this grant, GCCC will address the needs of industry with the three new academic programs while also positioning the college for the future to meet student needs in STEM with classroom and lab enhancements as well as academic support in tutoring and transfer assistance,” GCCCC President Ryan Ruda said.

The grant began Oct. 1 and yearly goals, activities, includes annual goals and expected outcomes through completion in 2026.