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STEM Academy Summer 2016

Are you interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Want to know more about STEM disciplines, studies, and careers? Register now for one or two free summer courses at HCC!

STEM Academy Classes

Morning Session 

STEM Foundations Special Topics 
STEM Foundations - Life Sciences Research Focus
STEM Foundations - Physical Sciences Research Focus

Afternoon Session

Self-Paced Mathematics

Class Schedule

The academy runs from July 11 - August 10. Classes meet Monday through Thursday.

STEM Foundations classes

MTW: 8:30 a.m. to noon 
Th:  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Self-Paced Mathematics class

MTW: 1 - 4:20 p.m.

Steps to Enroll if new to HCC

1. Fill out the HCC Application (indicate enrollment for "summer term").

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 to discuss your options.

Current students, visit the Advising Center or go to Online Services with your alternate PIN (if required).

About STEM Starter Summer 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

For more information, please contact the STEM Projects Administrator Carolyn Gardner-Thomas at STEMacademy@hcc.edu or 413.552.2257.


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303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040