STEM Starter Academy

STEM Starter Academy

NEWS UPDATE: The STEM Starter Academy will be hosting STCC's first ever LifeHack! STCC LifeHack 2016 will take place at TechSpring in downtown Springfield from September 16 (from 5:30pm to 10:00pm) and September 17 (from 7:00am to 9:00pm). The event gives students a chance to dream big and solve life's everyday hassles through STEM. To learn more about our FREE event or to register, please visit:

The STEM Starter Academy at Springfield Technical Community College provides incoming first year students a jumpstart to their first semester on campus. Participants receive a funded academic experience, launching them into their first year by taking classes, receiving tutoring and coaching, going on field trips, seeing guest speakers, and having hands-on experiences. During the academic year, students will also have access to coaching and tutoring support, and participate in STEM Starter Academy events and activities. Students who are interested in participating must apply. Students of color and female students are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here to access the application and related materials.

Applicants to the STEM Starter Academy need to:

  • Be a Massachusetts high school graduate from the graduating classes 2014, 2015, or 2016.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and a Massachusetts resident.
  • Submit a STCC admissions application for the Fall 2016 semester and a STEM Starter Academy application.
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • Have parent/guardian permission, if under 18 years of age.

Students may not always think a STEM career is for them, but we want to show them there are a lot of places that degree can take them. Being a part of a STEM Starter Academy is a phenomenal opportunity for local students. -Dr. Robert Dickerman, Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering

My experience at SSA (STEM Starter Academy), I can say, was phenomenal. The guest speakers were motivating. The staff was really helpful. The trips were amazing. -STEM Starter Scholar