Elizabethtown College Receives $1.2 Million Grant and Launches New Engineering Program | Local News

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Elizabethtown College is reshaping its engineering education around sustainability and equity with its new Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability, funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

In partnership with the Vermont-based company Greenway Institute, the college plans to use its funding to launch the center with an immersive semester in Vermont, hands-on first-year engineering training, and project-based professional development for K-12 teachers. Recruitment for the program begins this year with classes starting in fall 2023, according to college spokeswoman Keri Straub.

Classes under the center will be held on the Greenway Vermont campus or through the college’s School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The center itself will not be housed in its own building.

“With the help of this grant, we hope to reimagine engineering education around our shared commitments to equity and sustainability,” said the Dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. IT and lead researcher Sara Atwood in a press release. “We will expand the participation of historically underrepresented engineering students, including students of color, women, and rural students. And our innovative curriculum will prepare all students to design and build a more just and sustainable future.

The Greenway Institute is a nonprofit organization that offers pre-college, college, and post-graduate programs in sustainable and equitable engineering and entrepreneurship, according to its website.

“The Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability addresses our two greatest imperatives for engineering education: to close the opportunity gaps for historically marginalized students and to prepare the next generation of engineers to meet the complex, multidisciplinary challenge of designing and building a sustainable future,” said Grant Co. -Rebecca Holcombe, principal investigator and co-founder of the Greenway Institute, former Vermont Secretary of Education. “Because historically marginalized groups, including communities of color and rural students, are often the first and most affected by failures to think sustainably, the challenges of equity and sustainable engineering are the same. “

Through the Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability, students can take engineering courses approved by the Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology at a location in Vermont. ABET Accreditation is a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency based in Maryland that provides specialized, voluntary accreditation to applied natural science, computer science, engineering, and engineering technology programs.

Students pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Elizabethtown College can also participate in the program through professional development projects for K-12 teachers.

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