Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

23  Texas A&M University-Kingsville  (84317)

Principal Investigator: Chumbley, S.

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 296,301

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/20 - 8/31/23

Restricted Research: NO

Academic Discipline: Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Environmental Sciences

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Agricultural Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Higher Education Agricultural Technology Training

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: U.S. Department of Agriculture - NIFA

Program Title: none
CFDA Linked: Higher Education Challenge Grants


SAMS 1.3.1 The objectives of the HEAT training are: (1) enhance the capacity of higher education agricultural mechanics training by using advanced technologies (2) increase diversity and cultural awareness of students in higher education, and (3) align higher education agricultural mechanics training to industry standards. The chronic shortage of qualified workers to fill vacant positions continues to plague many industries across the United States. The average worker in the utility and welding industry has an average age of 55, and with these workers nearing retirement, these industry sectors are expected to face a shortage in the next 10 years. The HEAT program will prepare underrepresented, Hispanic FAHN students for the for the STEM workforce while enhancing intercultural awareness and development of all students involved. This project will address the low engagement of underrepresented students in the agricultural mechanics-related fields, and their overall low rates of educational attainment—all of which have impacts to the 21st century workforce needs. The collaborative partnership between ISU and TAMUK (a Hispanic Serving Institution [HSI] in South Texas with a 74.1% Hispanic undergraduate population) is uniquely positioned to respond to this need.


Withdrawn per email response to questioning (July 30, 2021)


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