Largo, MD — Prince George’s Community College is teaming up with the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park and Montgomery College for a project that will encourage students to consider a career as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teacher.

The joint project will receive $296,041 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The effort hopes to make students aware of the many career possibilities in the STEM education field and create coursework to help community college students transition to a university STEM education program.

The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense.”

The NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. This grant was awarded through their Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources program.