California State University San Marcos. Photo by Chris Stone
California State University San Marcos. Photo by Chris Stone

Cal State San Marcos announced Wednesday that a five-year, $6 million federal grant will be used to lay the groundwork for an engineering program.

The money from the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program will help the CSUSM develop a curriculum while school officials work with local businesses to secure further funding.

“This grant is a significant first step toward launching our engineering program,” CSUSM President Karen Haynes said. “Over the next several months, we will be working to secure the necessary private sector funding that will allow us to bring the program to reality.”

The grant will also help the school serve Hispanic and low-income students.

“It will increase the professional and education opportunities for the residents of North County and the broader area served by CSU San Marcos,” said Gerardo Dominguez, an associate professor of physics who is the grant’s project director. “I am particularly excited that the funding provided by this grant will allow CSU San Marcos to start offering engineering options for our students in the near future.”

CSUSM plans degree programs in software and electrical engineering. The funds will also be used to build transfer links with community colleges.

— City News Service