Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced a nearly $330,000 federal grant for California Lutheran University to continue its efforts to help prepare underserved high school students for postsecondary degrees in math or science and eventually to enter those areas as a career.

“Math and science fields are going to continue to be a critical part of the U.S. economy, and ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to succeed in these fields is paramount,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “I am thrilled that Cal Lutheran received funding to continue its program preparing first-generation college students to pursue 21st Century careers.”

California Lutheran University will receive $329,274 from the Department of Education to support its Upward Bound Math and Science Center. The Center helps local high school students in communities including Oxnard, Fillmore, and Santa Paula strengthen their math and science skills and prepare for a degree and career in the math and science fields. The Upward Bound program focuses on students from low-income families and first-generation college attendees.

“This will enable us to continue our 27-year effort to prepare low-income young people to enter the STEM fields as the first generation in their families to attend college,” said Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball. “Hundreds of students will benefit from this $1.65 million grant over the next five years and they will help fill the country’s critical need for scientists and engineers.”

Learn more about the Upward Bound Math and Science program here.

Learn more about the Cal Lutheran Math and Science program here.

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