The HSI STEM project enables Cabrillo College to significanlty scale up and centralize STEM student support services and activities to facilitate broader participation, greater persistance and higher rates of transfer into baccalaureate programs. One of the key project components includes the remodel of Building 800 on the Aptos campus, centralizing Engineering Technology, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs with new laboratories, new classrooms and a new STEM Center (Home to MESA, the PLC and the Networking Lab). Additional components include a STEM Summer Program, increased academic support through peer led workshops and tutoring, developing a model articulation and transfer initiative, and building a comprehensive STEM database to allow faculty and administrators to make evidence-based decisions and improvements. The HSI STEM project is funded by the US Department of Education's Higher Education Programs Division, Institutional Service Office under the HSI STEM and Articulation Program.
The MESA program is an academic preparation program that assists California's students to succeed in math, science and engineering with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution. MESA serves educationally disadvantaged students and, to the extent possible by law, emphasizes participation by under-represented students.
The MESA California Community College Program (MESA CCCP) establishes academic-based community centers at campuses where most students are commuters and opportunities for peer support and information-sharing are scarce. The program is supported by industry, so students learn firsthand about career options and learn about scholarships, internships and special programs.
Cabrillo College was the first MESA program at the community college level, established in 1988. MESA programs exist at about one third of the community colleges in California.
The STEEP program is a multi-component program designed to enhance and support the participation of our students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While all components of STEEP are aimed to prepare STEM students for academic success and attract new students to these fields, our curriculum strives to offer a learning experience that is not only content-based but also creates a transformational experience. The STEEP program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).