BCC Selected for Project Vision
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is one of just thirteen two-year community colleges nationwide selected for Project Vision, a program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Advanced Technological Education program.
The goal of Project Vision is to catalyze submissions of grant proposals seeking Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE) funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects.
"Being chosen for Project Vision represents a significant opportunity for BCC. The expertise provided to us through this program will increase our chances of winning extensive funding for exciting projects in the STEM field," said Kierstyn Hunter, BCC Vice President for Academic Affairs. "We're excited to be chosen and honored to receive mentorship from prior successful institutions. We see this as an important springboard from which we can grow our STEM program."
Project Vision is specifically designed to assist rural two-year colleges or colleges with newer presidents. Subject matter experts work with local faculty and staff to create a comfort level in writing grants and looking for growth opportunities, thereby increasing the likelihood of securing major NSF grants.
Project Vision's mission is to:
Provide two-year rural colleges, and/or colleges with newer presidents, the expertise necessary to generate innovative ideas that produce award-worthy NSF proposals.
Offer support at all levels of a college ecosystem, including the board of trustees, president, administrators, faculty and staff.
Provide professional development activities that embrace the merits of the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program and other DUE programs.
Provide each college the support needed to build capacity and to regularly submit proposals to the ATE Program and other DUE programs.
Lead this initiative by a seasoned team of ATE experts, a former college president/CEO, senior college administrators, and former NSF program officers who help each college promote excellence in STEM education for all students.