Familia at RCC
Riverside City College has been awarded a National Science
Foundation grant to support STEM students as they transition from high school
to a college called STEM en Familia:
Guiding Critical Transitions to the Baccalaureate. This grant funds
interventions to improve the success of students majoring in STEM as they
progress through college.
The program has been designed to support student’s
transition from high school to RCC to a university. Each support is intended to
help students succeed in college and in STEM courses, in particular. STEM
programs are challenging. STEM majors include, but are not limited to astronomy,
biology, chemistry, geology, maths, physics and psychology.
Transition From High School to a Two-Year College
Orientation and Summer Bridge Course(s)
summer course to get you started toward your major. Taking a summer course
allows you to get ahead in your pathway to graduation. Along with Summer Bridge,
RCC offers an orientation to the campus which is helpful in navigating the
hectic start to fall.
Intervention: Home Courses
courses, within your major, that have been redesigned. Each course has a full suite
of integrated academic support to help you succeed. Faculty will communicate
with you about the other opportunities offered through the grant. Also, other
students in the class are STEM en Familia
students which creates an academic family.
Three workshops per semester, one
per month, are offered. Topics include STEM student survival skills, pathways, registering
for classes, meeting faculty that were first-generation college students,
meeting former students who work in STEM fields, touring transfer institutions
and preparing for summer research experiences.
Transition From Two-Year to Four-Year University
Intervention: Summer Research Experience
eligible to participate in summer research experiences during their time at
RCC. Summer research experiences are in STEM areas at either RCC, UC Riverside
or California State University, San Bernardino — all of whom are grant partners.
Research experiences help students understand the rigors of STEM career and discover
research opportunities outside of a lab class.
research students are assigned to a near-peer mentor at UCR or CSUSB — if you
are doing your summer research at that institution. Many, if not all, will be
former RCC students or other community college students who are majoring in a STEM
field. Mentors will be available during the cross-enrollment course.
second year at RCC, students, depending on your transfer plan can take a
course at UCR or CSUSB. STEM en Familia will facilitate the
To be eligible to participate in STEM en Familia, you must be enrolled in a designated section of a home course
and have opted-into the program.
To opt-in, click here. It will take one
minute to opt-in. Students under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent
or guardian to participate and contact Virginia White, Ph.D., professor,
Biology at email@example.com for an opt-in form.