July 15, 2021

Neguse Secures $1 Million For Colorado State-Adams State Joint Mechanical Engineering Program in House Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that his request for $1 million in federal funding to create a joint bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering between Adams State University and Colorado State University has been included in the House appropriations bill. The program would expand STEM Education to historically underserved students in rural Colorado, and is supported by several Colorado-based companies.

In total, Congressman Neguse secured over $6 million in funding for community projects in his district to be included in the end of year spending bill.

“Strengthening our communities in Colorado starts with expanding opportunities for education to all students. This program would allow our rural communities to have access to top-tier programs and faculty, and to learn sought-after skills that will help them find good jobs” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am thrilled that funding for this important program will be included in this year’s appropriations bill.”

“On behalf of Colorado State University, we want to thank Congressman Neguse for his support of this initiative. Building on our Land Grant mission, CSU’s leadership sees great strategic value in creating this partnership with Adams State University todeliver a Mechanical Engineering degree in Alamosa,” said Mary Pedersen, Provost and Executive Vice President at Colorado State University.

The proposed program seeks to create a supportive environment for diverse and underserved students to access a local pathway for students to earn an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. A memorandum of understanding is underway between Colorado State University and Adams State University.

Read Congressman Neguse’s full request

Neguse submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, and has had remarkable success advocating for projects in Colorado’s 2nd District. The Adams State-CSU joint mechanical engineering program is among the 9 Neguse-sponsored projects to be funded by this round of appropriations.