Indian River State College (IRSC), a Hispanic-serving Institution, seeks to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who attain degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields with the help of a $4,961,238 Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program grant from U.S. Department of Education. IRSC’s STEM Pioneers project will assist students from the College’s service district of St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties by focusing on student success in undergraduate STEM coursework and developing a model articulation and transfer agreement between IRSC and the University of Florida.
The STEM Pioneers project addresses student challenges through integrated academic and student support strategies and activities to promote retention and graduation in a STEM field. These include:
- Development of the STEM Learning Commons and extension of the STEM peer tutoring program;
- Student summer research opportunities with IRSC, University of Florida, U.S.D.A., Cleveland Clinic and others;
- Faculty Professional Development and Learning Communities in collaboration with University of Florida;
- STEM career course development and deployment with University of Florida;
- Mental health counseling; and
- Development and deployment of concierge STEM student services via STEM success coaches.
Programs of Study
The STEM Pioneers program supports students pursuing Associate Degrees in the following tracks:
- Agriculture (General)
- Biology (General)
- Biology (Preprofessional)