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Silicon Valley Career Pathways

Why STEM Core?

The STEM Core cohort model was developed to address the higher math (Calculus) hurdle deterring many students from seeking a STEM degree. We seek to provide a framework for success through personalized support via embedded tutors and training geared toward the student’s need (e.g. time management, study skills, etc.).

Am I eligible for STEM Core?

To be eligible for STEM Core for Fall 2018, you need to be eligible for MATH 263 (Intermediate Algebra). 
To be eligible for STEM Core for Spring 2019, you need to be eligible for MATH 13 (Precalculus).


What does the application process entail?

Apply for the Fall 2018 cohort by filling out the 2018-2019 Application.

Upon reviewing your application, the Student Support Specialist will contact you via email to set up an interview. Interviews usually take 20-30 minutes and are a great opportunity for you to find out more about the program and determine if it will be a good fit for you. No need to be nervous! Our Student Support Specialist is here to answer all of your questions and help guide you in making this very important decision!


Who should join STEM Core?

  • Incoming MPC students
  • Students interested in STEM, but want more help with math
  • Students ready to take MATH 263 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • Anyone interested in learning programming


What’s in it for me?

  • Supplemental instruction (SI) for your courses from an SI Leader who attends your classes 
  • Free course supplies
  • Gain exposure to various STEM fields and careers through cohort activities, field trips, site visits and guest speakers
  • Gain skills that will make you a stronger students through workshops and supplemental instruction study sessions
  • Connections you make with faculty in the program can provide recommendation letter for transferring to university, scholarships, and internships
  • Get to know your classmates and be part of a learning community that shares your educational interests, rather than being just a face in the crowd
  • Guaranteed registration in STEM Core courses (you will be given an add code, no wait list!)
  • Participation in STEM Core looks good on applications for transfer, it shows universities that you are serious about STEM and that you are a dedicated and hard working student


What is supplemental instruction?

During supplemental instruction, the SI Leader will use group discussions and other study techniques to help students delve deeper into the material and uncover gaps in understanding. SI sessions are not a time to work on homework, but to study and further cement knowledge from classes in a collaborative environment with your fellow classmates. SI Leaders attend courses and works with the instructor to provide targeted content specifically for the class you are in.


Still have more questions?

Don't see the answer to your question here? Contact Student Support Specialist, Stephanie Deen at for more information.