Our Mission

Catalyst is dedicated to increasing success and accelerating the transfer process of targeted under-represented groups majoring in STEM by providing a positive and collaborative environment for academic learning and offering pre-professional opportunities to expand and enhance awareness of the many STEM career options available upon degree completion.

Our Goals

  • Promote academic excellence that leads to timely STEM major transfers
  • Provide STEM career exploration opportunities that lead to declared majors
  • Establish educational plans and pathways that lead to transfer and achievement of career goals

Achieving Our Goals

    • Engagement through relevant, hands-on activities related to STEM classes/ study
    • Networking (support system to navigate educational processes & resources)
    • Collaboration (study groups)
    • Leadership (through self-awareness of goals and the effective attitudes & behaviors to achieve goals), leading to confidence and success

Catalyst Member Benefits

  • STEM Center study space
  • Textbook Loan Program for select STEM courses
  • Dedicated STEM Counselor
  • Enhancement opportunities (e.g., internships, STEM conferences, & faculty mentoring)
  • Peer Mentors
    • Facilitate learning (especially in science & math)
    • Promote opportunities (academic & social)
    • Encourage and offer tips for success, as needed
    • Model the behavior of successful STEM students

Activities and Events

  • University visits (UC, Cal state, and private)
  • Campus tour and/or activities
  • Transfer Student “Speak Outs”
  • Meet former PCC STEM major students who have transferred
  • Learn what to expect before you transfer
  • Extracurricular activities (hiking, mini golf, etc.)

How to become a part of the Catalyst community?

  • Each term, students who are enrolled in a PCC Chemistry 1A class AND qualify as a URM(federal gov’t. definition) are invited to participate in a Catalyst orientation
  • After the orientation, invitees determine participation level
  • Level of participation determines benefits

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Catalyst is sponsored by the Natural Sciences Division’s eSTEM grant

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