COMMUNITY COLLEGE GEOSCIENCE DEPARTMENTS: FORMING PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS AS A VEHICLE TO SUCCESSFUL GRANT FUNDING
The Earth Science Program at Foothill College, in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been successful over the last six years in securing federal, state, and college-wide funding for a variety of initiatives. These initiatives have varied from securing departmental instructional technology, to national curriculum projects, workshops, and participation in the building of the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). The key to this success has been the two-fold approach of education about funding opportunities and grant writing and developing partnerships across a broad spectrum of groups and individuals. Two major steps towards education about funding programs and good proposal writing include participation in workshops that have a grant writing component and volunteering to review proposals in selected agency programs. Development of partnerships by the Earth Science Program at Foothill College has been immensely successful at overcoming many of the institutional barriers to funding. This strategy has allowed the program to leverage heavily the assets and experience of collaborating partners. The most important method for establishing partnerships, beyond the college, has been involvement in professional societies, presentations at national and regional meetings, and attending educational workshops.