Mission College will update its engineering laboratory with a $160,000 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, school officials announced.
The grant will provide, among other things, 20 top-of-the-line IBM multimedia computers, giving students access to the same equipment that professionals use, college officials said.
"This has meant everything to the engineering department," Mission President William Norlund said. "Without this we would not be able to have our engineering department computerized like it is. And everything is pretty much being done on computers."
Mission's engineering laboratory serves about 300 students studying a variety of engineering disciplines, including computer-aided drafting and design. The courses are transferable to the University of California and other four-year universities.