STEM Pathways Project

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The STEM Pathways Project was launched in 2011 with the goal of strengthening systems and services to better support the success of Latino and other low-income students. Students enrolled receive a rigorous STEM education at Crafton Hills College in an environment that provides an integrated network of social and academic support with the end goal of transferring into STEM programs at highly regarded four year institutions.

The program offers two pathways to students:

  • STEMTrek, which offers support to successfully transfer to four year institutions and,
  • STEMAcademy, supporting students beginning their studies. Participation in the program requires students to participate in program events as well as 18 hours of tutoring support.

Both programs serve approximately 80 students per year. Overall, 41% of students participating in these programs identify as Latino.

Program Description

STEM Pathways aims to increase the STEM degree attainment and transfer rate of Hispanic and low-income students while also providing outreach to the Hispanic community by introducing middle and high school students to STEM fields and careers at an early age.


The percentage of Hispanic students attending Crafton Hills College has increased from approximately 25% to 42% since the program began.

  • STEMTrek students are more likely to enroll in STEM courses than non-participating students.
  • Latino students enrolled in STEMTrek are 76% more likely to successfully complete their STEM courses than non-participating Latino students (70%).
  • Latino students that participated in STEMTrek had a higher cumulative GPA (2.7) at the end of 2013-2014 than Latino students who did not participate (2.5).
  • Students who seek counseling as a part of STEMTrek are more likely to both complete (90%) and succeed (80%) in STEM courses than those who did not (83% and 62%).
  • In just two years, the program has graduate 54 students in STEM fields, a significant increase from its baseline year were only 9 students graduated in STEM fields.
  • Supplemental Instruction is also provided to students and it has proven to be successful. Participating students have a GPA of 3.0 and success rate of 75%.