Courses & Programs

STEM Starter Academy

Are you interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Want to know more about STEM disciplines, studies, and careers? Register now for HCC's free STEM Academy!

Steps to Enroll if New to HCC
  1. Fill out the HCC Application.
  2. Take a placement test for reading and math (you'll receive an appointment by mail). 
  3. Upon completion of your placement test, you will be directed to meet with an advisor. Let them know you're interested in the free STEM Starter Academy courses.
Current students

Visit the Advising Center or go to Online Services with your Registration Code (if required), and let your advisor know you're interested in the free STEM Starter Academy courses.

About STEM Starter Academy

In 2014, HCC and other community colleges received grant funds from the Department of Higher Education to establish a STEM Academy. The purpose was to support community colleges in their efforts to recruit, retain, and graduate significantly more students in STEM pathway programs leading to job placement or college transfer to higher level STEM academic programs.

HCC's STEM Academy goals are to:

  • Increase student awareness of and access to STEM programs of study and career opportunities
  • Enhance student readiness for and recruiting into STEM pathway programs
  • Improve student retention based on academic success and overcoming "life barriers"
  • Increase completion through award of certificates or degrees and pathways to STEM jobs or transfer to higher level STEM academic programs

free classes


STEM Starter Academy 2018
Classes run July 9 to August 8

STEM Explorations in Life Science
Topics include botany, genetics, geology, human biology, oceanography, gene technologies and population growth. 

SEM 130.10       MTW   8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
SEM 130.11        TH       8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

STEM Explorations in Physical Sciences
Topics include physics, chemistry, astronomy, and concepts such as radioactivity and the disposal of nuclear waste, fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and science in modern politics.

SEM 130.12      MTW    8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
SEM 130.13       TH       8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Developmental Math (self-paced)
Fulfill the math prerequisite to get ready for college level math.

MTH 020.21    MTW   1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Melissa Paciulli, HCC STEM project administrator
MPaciulli@hcc.edu
413.552.2720

STEM Explorations in the Life Sciences
Topics include exciting new developments in botany, genetics, geology, human biology, oceanography, gene technologies and population growth - all discussed from a scientific perspective.

SEM 130.80 and 130.81   
MF  11:00 a.m. - 1:29 p.m. 

STEM Explorations in the Physical Sciences
Topics include physics, chemistry, astronomy, and concepts such as radioactivity and the disposal of nuclear waste, fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and science in modern politics.

SEM 130.83 and 130.84
T, TH  11:30 a.m. - 1:59 p.m. 

Contact Melissa Paciulli, HCC STEM project administrator
MPaciulli@hcc.edu
413.552.2720