Los Angeles Mission College of Sylmar was awarded $4.3 million from the Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institution to establish a comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center, combining academic and student support services for Hispanic students who want to study math, science and engineering.

The Center will serve as the hub for STEM faculty and students and strengthen the two-year school’s academic services by expanding tutoring, math workshops and summer bridge programs.

The award will also help the college create supporting curriculum in math, life science, physical science and computer science; renovate the computer science lab, upgrade technology, open a summer academy for incoming STEM majors, and expand and formalize the school’s undergraduate research program.

“We are committed to helping students access quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education,” said LAMC President Monte E. Perez. “The funds will be used to build capacity in student support services while increasing the number of students graduating with degrees in math and science.

The project’s goal is to spur participation in the math and science fields by Hispanic students. The project is to run for five years, starting this month.