STEM Core Program

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General Information

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The STEM Core is program at West Valley College is a learning community designed to engage students who are interested in perusing a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering and math fields. During the one-year duration students will take a block of cohort Math, Computer Science or Engineering courses that prepare students for Calculus, advanced Engineering and Computer Science classes in one academic year.

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Meet Your STEM Core Specialist

Elizabeth Flores

Elizabeth Flores

EOPS
Counselor and STEM Core Specialist

(408) 741-2503
elizabeth.flores@wvm.edu
Student Services Center

STEM Core Is Open To All
STEM Core classes for Fall 2021
Fall 2021 STEM Core Classes
Course Course Title Section Number Instructor
MATH 1 Pre-Calculus 70344 K. Jackanich
AND
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering 71083 Rafatu/Liu
OR
CIST 5A Introduction to Python 71079 T. Liu

STEM Core Benefits

  • Math Pathway to Calculus
  • Loan textbook and graphing calculators
  • Embedded in-class tutors
  • Connections to tech companies and networking events
  • Career coaching and workshops
  • Scholarships and internship opportunities

Eligibility

Course Course Title Section Number Instructor
MATH 1 Pre-Calculus 70344 K. Jackanich
  AND    
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering 71083 Rafatu/Liu
  OR    
CIST 5A Introduction to Python 71079 T. Liu

Academic, Career, and Personal Support

  • Students from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to be a part of STEM Core
  • Receive support from Peer Tutors, Staff and Faculty
  • Take MATH 1 (Pre-calculus), MATH D (Trigonometry) or MATH 2 (Pre-calculus & Trigonometry)
  • Eligibility to take MATH 3A after completing STEM Core courses in one year
  • Receive support to prepare for major courses

Program Benefits

  • Guaranteed placement in STEM Core courses
  • Take classes with the same group of students
  • Free textbook loans, calculators, and supplies
  • Help crafting resumes and scholarship essays
  • Extra Tutoring
  • One on one academic support and personal support
  • STEM Core cohorts around the state pass classes at 20-30% higher
  • Embedded tutoring and math workshops
  • Go from Intermediate Algebra to Calculus in 2 semesters
  • Compete for paid summer internships at Lockheed Martin, NASA Ames, Stanford Linear Accelerator and other employers (many internships are exclusive to STEM Core participants)
  • Visit local engineering and computer science employers (Tesla, SAP)
  • Job shadowing opportunities at NASA Ames

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Last Updated 6/29/21