Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Announces Nearly $1 Million in NSF Funding for Advanced Tech Education Program at BCC

May 12, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano today announced that Bronx Community College (BCC) has been awarded $899,744 in funding to develop an Associated of Applied Science degree in Chemical and BioEnergy Technology for Sustainability in collaboration with industrial, governmental, and academic partners. The new program’s curriculum combine the disciplines of biology, chemistry and engineering with the objective of preparing community college students for careers in the growing bio-economy and the areas of green chemistry and fermentation science. The initiative builds upon ongoing projects at BCC, including the Center for Sustainable Energy, which Congressman Serrano helped inaugurate by securing $5 million in federal funding, and the College Now program. Through College Now, high school students will be able to earn college credits to eventually pursue careers in these fields.

“Many of the future jobs in the Bronx will be in the green energy economy, and this grant will prepare more of our students for jobs in this growing field,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “With this grant and the creation of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Chemical and BioEnergy Technology for Sustainability, we are preparing Bronx youth for good jobs and ensuring that these fields fully reflect the diversity of our nation.  This is an important federal investment in the future of Bronx students, and will help improve our local economy.”

The program’s ultimate goal is to prepare students and provide them with employable skills in emerging STEM fields related to clean, renewable energy and chemicals using biomass feedstock platforms. It will also serve as a model in preparing students for STEM careers and developing middle employment skills (i.e. skills in computer technology, nursing, high-skill manufacturing, and other fields).