STEM Core Program

STEM students on NASA field trip

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.

STEM Core classes for Fall 2022

STEM Core Benefits

  • Math Pathway to Calculus
  • Loan textbook and graphing calculators
  • Tutoring
  • Connections to tech companies and networking events
  • Career coaching and workshops
  • Scholarships and internship opportunities
Fall 2022 STEM Core Classes
Course Course Title
MATH 1 Pre-Calculus
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering

STEM Core Education Plan

Course Number Course Title Units
ENGL 1A English Composition 3 units
MATH 1 Pre–Calculus Algebra 4 units
Computer Programming I (Java)
Introduction to Engineering
4 units
GE Course 3 units
Course Number Course Title Units
MATH D units
Computer Programming II (Java)
Introduction to Materials
3 units
4 units
GE Course 3 units
GE Course 3 units

Eligible for MATH 3A – Calculus I Ready!

  • Career Planning Workshops
  • Academic Support Workshops
  • Company Guest Speakers
  • Fieldtrips - Site Visits
  • Eligible to apply to summer internships and grants
  • Be Calculus-ready
  • Be part of our STEM Community


Course Course Title Section Number Instructor
MATH 1 Pre-Calculus 70761 W. Breder
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering TBD  

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
Last Updated 9/13/22