Construction of the Science and Learning Center (SLC) continues apace as the new building steadily takes shape. The SLC project—the largest capital project in the College’s 127-year history—involves a complete renovation of the primary academic building on campus. The renovated 89,000-square foot center will house seven academic departments and will be instrumental for the transformation of science education at the College. The SLC is slated to open in Fall 2016.
Moreover, the College has received significant grants from the U.S. Department of Education and private foundations to support the mission of the new SLC, which will foster cross-disciplinary research furthering collaboration and will provide enhanced learning opportunities for students.
The Department of Education’s Title V, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program awarded a $2.6M grant—the largest Title V grant that the College has received—to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning and research.
The grant will be awarded for a period of five years and will significantly increase the graduation and retention rates of Latino and low-income students pursuing studies in the sciences “This grant will profoundly increase the College’s capacity for science learning and research by strengthening curriculum and career support for students and by providing state-of-the art equipment in our new Science and Learning Center,” said Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger.
The grant will also support the acquisition of equipment and supplies needed to provide optimal learning and research environments that enable students to reach their full potential. In addition, the College was recently awarded $800,000 from the Ahmanson Foundation, $500,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation and $500,000 from the Weingart Foundation in support of the SLC project. These three foundations have been longtime supporters of the College for both capital projects and programming.