A new round of funding will in part help support those preparing for Phoenix engineering jobs.
State officials recently awarded $3.1 million in science, technology, engineering, and math funding to Science Foundation Arizona to support two major programs.
The funding, which came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to support the foundations' Graduate Research Fellowship program and expand the Engineering Pathways program at rural community colleges.
"The funds used for these programs will lay the foundation for Arizona students for years to come and
will give them the skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive workforce," Gov. Jan Brewer said. "Arizona's economic future is tied to its educational success."
The Graduate Research Fellowship program will receive about $1.6 million. That funding will allow Science Foundation Arizona to co-sponsor an additional 40 Graduate Research Fellowships throughout the state.
The Graduate Research Fellowship program works to attract the most talented students to Arizona by awarding fellowships to state university students in STEM disciplines. The university then sponsors those students until they earn their Ph.D.'s.
The Engineering Pathways program will receive about $1.5 million. The program is aimed at educating young engineers and building their skills in order to produce a local workforce that can meet demands for high-technology jobs and industries.
The program has already been instituted at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, and this round of funding will allow the program to be put into place at Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, and Yavapai College.