Strategies and Programs

Strategy 1: Improve counseling, guidance and mentoring opportunities and improve information and knowledge of STEM careers for Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College STEM students and potential STEM students

Coordinator for STEM Transfer Student Services (Cal State Fullerton): Full-Time CSUF Position; Travel to partner colleges to provide advisement for STEM students, work with faculty and half-time counselors to implement study campaigns, assist with students at risk, and organize presentations and events

STEM Counselors/Advisors (Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College): Half Time Counselors/Advisers at each college; provide advisement for STEM students, work with faculty and CSUF Coordinator for STEM Transfer Student Services to implement study campaigns, assist students at risk, and organize presentations and events

Web Sites and Video Presentations (Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College): Improve web site information content and linkages to STEM academic programs, articulations with four-year institutions, events, career tracks, internships, and research opportunities

Strategy 2: Develop support networks, including facilities and programs to develop learning communities, for STEM students at Mount San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, and Cal State Fullerton

Peer Group Program for Transfers (Cal State Fullerton): Hiring of peer advisers as peer mentors to oversee learning communities made up of incoming CSUF transfer students majoring in mathematics, the sciences, and other STEM fields; special orientation and advisement events for these new CSUF transfer students

Faculty Mentoring Programs (Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College): Mentoring of non-STEM majors with promise or interest in mathematics, the sciences, and STEM careers; visits to research labs, career days, professional seminar presentations

Science Resource and Study Centers (Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College): development and improvement of science resource and study centers, including tutoring, access to specimens, books, maps, computer resources

Strategy 3. Improve student engagement and learning in pivotal mathematics and science introductory discipline courses

Development and Implementation of Supplementary Instruction (Academic Excellence) Workshops (Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College; Cal State Fullerton): implement Supplementary Instruction workshops associated with selected, key math and science courses using peer facilitators; work to establish a regional collaborative to provide a forum for discussing approaches and determine best practices that improve student success in these courses

Tutoring Programs (Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College): using peer tutors, expand tutoring programs and homework assistance in improved science resource and study centers; work with faculty, the Coordinator for STEM Transfer Student Services, and Counselors to encourage students to seek tutoring assistance

Strategy 4. Develop a teaching intern program to improve the pedagogical and mentoring skills of Cal State Fullerton math and science graduate students interested in community college teaching careers

Teaching Intern Program (Cal State Fullerton, Mount San Antonio College, and Santa Ana College): place two Cal State graduate teaching interns each year with faculty mentors at both Mount San Antonio College and Santa Ana College where they will be hired as part-time faculty and given teaching assignments or serve as workshop facilitators; with additional funding, interns will spend time advising, counseling, and serving as mentors to students