TWU Receives Grant for Recruiting,
TWU Receives Grant for Recruiting, Retaining Computer
DENTON Texas Woman's University is receiving Texas
Engineering and Technical Consortium/Texas Technology Workforce
Development Grants Program funding to recruit and retain computer
science and engineering students, state officials announced.
TWU will receive $31,060 in TETC/TTWDGP funding to launch the
Infinity Project on the Denton campus. An additional $26,440
could be awarded at a later date.
Texas and the nation have a need for engineers and
skilled technical workers. This grant will allow Texas Woman's
University to help close that gap, said TWU Chancellor and
President Dr. Ann Stuart.
TWU will use its funding to purchase computer hardware and
software and incorporate the Infinity Project into the existing
computer science curriculum, as well as other courses. The
project's goal is to recruit current TWU students as computer
science majors and retain existing computer science students,
said Dr. Don Edwards, chair of the TWU Department of Mathematics
and Computer Science.
The Infinity Project began in 1998 when officials at Texas
Instruments wanted not only to come up with a new way to help
meet the company's growing demand for engineers and technicians,
but also to change the paradigm for how technology and
engineering concepts are taught. The project was launched with
Southern Methodist University initially at the high school level.
Curriculum for the Infinity Project focuses on math and
science fundamentals of the information age and teaches students
how engineers create and design the technology around them, such
as cell phones, MP3 players and other digital devices.
The Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium, a
public-private partnership, was created by the Texas Legislature
to promote education in the engineering and computer science
fields. An ongoing state and nationwide shortfall of skilled
engineers could impact economic growth, industry leaders and
TETC/TTWDGP grant funding comes from monies earmarked by the
Legislature and contributions from high-tech companies, including
Texas Instruments, Advanced Micro Devices, Hewlett-Packard,
Motorola, Sabre and Intel.
TETC received 55 grant proposals from universities statewide
and funded 33 projects.
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