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Cal State East Bay lands $1.15M grant for STEM education

  • April 15, 2011

By Ron Leuty
SF Business Times Staff Writer
California State University, East Bay, landed a $1.15 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation to support the school's Gateways Partnership, which is aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills of Bay Area students.

The university last month received a commitment of $540,000 from the philanthropic arm of Bayer Corp. and another $150,000 over three years from Wareham Development to create a center for so-called STEM education.

The two-year-old Gateways Partnership is a regional program that includes more than 30 partners from business, education, civic, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. It is focused on helping children — from preschool through college — learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“For a growing and stable economy now and into the future, we must have a technically skilled and well-educated workforce to meet the needs of regional business and industry in order to ensure the economic and social vibrancy of the communities we serve,” Cal State, East Bay, President Mohammad Qayoumi said in a press release.

Qayoumi and Matt Lonner, manager of global partnerships programs for Chevron, co-chair the Gateways executive committee.

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