IUN similarly plans to use its grant funding to offer Hispanic STEM students early research opportunities, wrap-around academic and student support services, mentoring, enhanced community partnerships and the establishment of a new STEM Resource Center through its TRIUNFOS (Transforming IU Northwest for Opportunities in STEM) program, which translates to “triumphs” in English.
“This grant is a testament to IU Northwest’s leadership in creating opportunities for the people of Northwest Indiana,” said Chancellor Ken Iwama. “Establishing a center of excellence for STEM education is an ambitious goal and this grant brings us closer to realizing this game-changing community asset.”
U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D-Highland, congratulated the leaders of both Calumet College and IUN on winning support for their outreach initiatives from the federal education agency.
“I am grateful for their commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Hispanic students and all individuals in our Region,” Mrvan said.
Approximately 550 undergraduate students attend CCSJ. Roughly half are first-generation college students, records show.
IUN enrollment this year is about 3,500, with one in four students coming from a Hispanic background.