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STEM Academy

Are you a new student who will be enrolling at HCC in fall 2015? Are you planning to major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) area or are you interested in learning more about it? Register for this free, 4-credit summer program!

About the Class

STEM Foundations (SEM 130) is a hands-on introduction to the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that are so critical to life and careers in the 21st Century. Working in teams just as they would in the workplace, students gather information from field trips, lectures, visiting experts, and their own research as they explore cross-disciplinary solutions to real-world problems. Topics include environmental science, genetics, biotechnology, earth science, astronomy and engineering along with the mathematics, chemistry and physics to support them. 

Students who successfully complete this class and meet attendance requirements are eligible for a $250 stipend. Only 50 seats available • Sign up soon!

Class Schedule

The class runs from July 6 - August 6.

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

Steps to Enroll

  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. After your placement test, meet with an academic advisor to register for summer "STEM Starter",  and fall classes.

About STEM 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. 


Contact Michele Snizek at (413)552-2268 or msnizek@hcc.edu.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000