STEM STEP Grant
In 2016, Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) was awarded a $6 million Title III Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The STEM grant is five year grant with funding available October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2021. Grant funds are dedicated to the LAHC STEM Success, Transfer and Equity Program, known as STEM STEP.
STEM STEP is a program for students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math majors. The LAHC campus community is devoted to assisting and supporting STEM students.
The goal of STEM STEP is to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who attain degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
STEM STEP Overview
STEM STEP is comprised of one single activity with the following three sub-components to provide comprehensive academic and support services to students interested in STEM fields:
Component 1: STEM Academic and Student Support Services.
A prescriptive approach to student success: guarantees first-year students a full-schedule of classes and comprehensive student support services. Students are placed in a learning community cohort to create a supportive learning environment. Participants are required to enroll full time (12 units) per semester, including a math/STEM course, English, and a pathway elective course that aligns with STEM transfer requirements. Strengthening Transfer/Articulation Agreements with four-year institutions is also an objective of this grant.
Component 2: STEM Professional Development.Component 3: STEM Resource Development.Create the college’s first STEM Alumni Association and HSI STEM Endowment to develop short and long-term resources to support student success and sustainability.
For faculty, counselors, and staff to support STEM STEP students. This includes training on strengthening learning communities, counseling/advising for STEM careers, and strengthening culturally-infused STEM curriculum.
LAHC students interested in STEM are invited to join STEM STEP.