News Release

Santiago Canyon College's Upward Bound Math and Science Program Receives $40,000 Grant

​Students from Orange and El Modena High Schools to Benefit

(Orange, CA) - Santiago Canyon College’s (SCC) Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) was recently awarded a $40,000 one-year supplemental grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The funds will be used to increase access to computer science coursework and provide hands-on, innovative learning opportunities for 64 high school students from Orange and El Modena high schools. Students will learn about computer science STEM careers and the basics of computer science, including structured programming, object-oriented programming and program structure. They will also gain a rudimentary understanding of computer science topics and obtain knowledge of foundational programming principles. Von Lawson, Dean of Business and CTE played a critical role in identifying computer science courses, facilitating relationships with technological corporations for students to secure internships and supporting the UBMS community.
“This opportunity will give students an introduction to the growing field of computer science and serve as a pipeline for SCC courses,” said Lakyshia Perez, director of special programs at SCC. “This was a coordinated effort with the entire staff and will aide in dual enrollment efforts for SCC. I’m excited to expose program participants to the computer science field through hands-on inquiry.”

In order to create more opportunities for participating students in the program, UBMS will develop afterschool workshops to introduce students to STEM careers and provide them with activities and discussion opportunities. Twice a month, students will engage in Science Saturdays where participants will receive instruction on Python, PBasic and RobotC and learn how to use the robotic arm, 3D printer and SCC’s computer science labs. Students will also have the opportunity to job shadow and explore internship opportunities, tour colleges and visit technology corporations as part of the program.

One aspect of the program is that the students will participate in summer courses that will provide them with academic support in math and science. Students will gain knowledge on device microprocessors used in robotics, telephones, tablets, personal computers, home automation and the automotive industry. Upon completion of the courses students will earn SCC college credit.

SCC’s UBMS serves as a critical bridge to four-year programs and careers for disadvantaged students pursing STEM professions. Approximately 85 percent of the population served by SCC UBMS is low-income and 100 percent is potential first-generation college students.

Additional information on UBMS can be found at

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked #13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.


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