ERIC Number: ED343634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Minority Honors Program in Energy-Related Curricula.
Kish, Evelyn Rubio; Santa Rita, Emilio
In 1984, Bronx Community College (BCC) established the Minority Honors Program in Energy Related Curricula, a partnership between their academic honors program and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program's goal is to increase the participation of minorities in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Technology, Engineering Science, Data Programming, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. The program operates as part of the college and is accountable to both the college and the federal agency. Students receive individualized counseling to help them develop life, job-search, and "employability" skills. Increased personal attention through tutoring, mentoring, special classes, and close supervision helps maintain the program's high retention rate. The government agency provides participants with paid summer internships and scholarships. The Department of Energy's Office of Minority Economic Impact provides funding, while the college takes responsibility for instruction, administration, and counseling. Program outcomes include greater self-esteem for students along with entry into energy-related employment or transfer to senior colleges. The program has afforded BCC greater visibility and a more positive self-image. (JSP)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Colleges, Computer Science Education, Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Energy Occupations, Engineering Education, Government School Relationship, Honors Curriculum, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, Science Education, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.