familia at RCC
RCC has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant from
the Hispanic Serving Institution Program to support STEM students as they
transition from high school to college called STEM en familia: Guiding Critical Transitions to the Baccalaureate. This is a 3-year grant that will fund
interventions to improve success of students majoring in STEM as they progress
We have designed supports to help you transition from high
school to RCC and then from RCC to a four-year university. Each support is intended to help you succeed
in college and in STEM courses, in particular.
STEM programs are very challenging, and RCC is ready to help you. STEM majors include (but are not limited to):
Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Math, Physics
High School to Two-Year College Transition
Orientation and Summer Bridge Course(s)
You will be
provided with a special orientation to RCC with information to help you be
successful right away. Your family will
be an important part of your education, so we will be including them in the
orientation, too! Along with this
orientation, you will be assigned to your peer-mentor that will stay with you
for your first year at RCC, helping you successfully adjust to college
life. Additionally, you will take a
summer course within your intended major to get you started toward transfer
You will be
enrolled in a Home Course during your first year at RCC. These are courses within your major that have
been redesigned especially for you. Each
home course will have a full-suite of integrated academic supports to help you
succeed. The faculty teaching them will
be communicating with you about the other opportunities offered to you through
this grant and the class will be filled with other STEM en familia students. We are
creating an academic family for you!
attend 3 workshops per semester (one per month) while at RCC. Each workshop has been designed to help you
be successful and to help you take the next step in your education. Topics will include STEM student survival
skills, pathways and registering for classes, meeting faculty that were first
generation college students, meeting former students who now work in STEM
fields, touring transfer institutions, and preparing for summer research
Two-Year to Four-Year College Transition
participate in brief summer research experiences after your first and second
years at RCC. These summer research
experiences will be in STEM areas and at either RCC, UCR, or CSUSB (our
partners on this grant). Those students
who attend 2 of 3 workshops each semester in a year will get priority in
deciding which research experience they complete.
summer research experience, you will be assigned to a near-peer mentor at UCR
or CSUSB (if you are doing your summer research there). These will be former RCC students who have
transferred and are majoring in STEM.
They will stay with you during your cross-enrollment course.
second year while still at RCC, you will take a course at UCR or CSUSB
(depending on where you plan to transfer).
STEM en familia will
facilitate the registration into those courses for you. This will allow you to become comfortable
with your new campus before you transfer.
To be eligible to participate in STEM en familia, you must be a new Promise student in good standing who
has opted-into the program. For Promise
program eligibility, see https://www.rcc.edu/services/pathway/promise/Pages/Home.aspx.
To opt-in, click here and submit the opt-in
form. It will take you about 1 minute to
opt-in. If you are under 18, you must
have permission of a parent/guardian to participate. If you are under 18, please contact Dr. Virginia
White (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
an opt-in form.