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Do you dream of having a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career? Does it sound like fun to work on projects and share ideas with NASA engineers, educators, and scientists? Join other PCCC students in applying for the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program!

Contact: Russell Gambino, Rm E210
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“Come and prepare for a future in environmental sustainability and climate change through hands-on training with NASA experts, an expanded curriculum, and an exciting new environmental research lab.”

– Dr. Ali Saleh

PCCC Receives Over $1.1 Million Grant From NASA

Passaic County Community College is the recipient of a $1,189,417 three-year grant from NASA to boost STEM curriculum and to expand educational opportunities for underserved minority students attending PCCC.

PCCC is among five colleges nationwide selected to receive the first-ever round of grants awarded through NASA’s MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) Curriculum Awards (MCA) Program.

Since 2014, Passaic County Community College has enjoyed a partnership with NASA. In the past decade, over 100 STEM majors have participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) online program, with 62 students being offered in-person summer internships at one of the NASA research centers. In 2018, NASA provided funding for PCCC to develop the STEM Aviation Lab and to expand the engineering curriculum to include avionics. Using flight simulators, students have become familiar with aircraft flight instruments, navigation, communication, and electronics systems. Under the direction of STEM professor Dr. Ali Saleh, a group of nine PCCC students experienced an on-site, 10-week avionics internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

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