Pathways to STEM, led by Citrus College, will work in partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Oak Crest Institute of Science to engage Citrus College students in STEM exploration. Participants will have on and off-campus experiences that include mentoring, networking, career clarification, and development of workplace knowledge and skills. Through participation, students will also grow their scientific literacy and science communication skills.
Annually, a total of sixty students will join one of three groups related broadly to their intended major:
- Group 1: Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science
- Group 2: Biology and Chemistry
- Group 3: Earth Sciences, Forestry, Geoscience, Multidisciplinary
Each group will participate in four different off-campus experiential modules and several on-campus workshops. For example, Group 1 might visit Silicon Valley and job shadow professionals working in technology; Group 2 might conduct chemical analysis of ocean water while in Catalina; and, Group 3 might focus on atmospheric sciences during a visit to Boulder, Colorado.
Faculty will be invited to participate alongside students, accompanying them during the travel modules as well as during the on-campus workshops. A wide range of STEM organizations and institutions have pledged to support the project.
Pathways to STEM is funded by the
National Science Foundation (DUE/IUSE #1953594).