Virtual Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge Program Flyer (PDF)
Dates: July 5 - Aug 12, 2021
Application Deadline: June 11, 2021

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Program Description

This popular Summer bridge program offers incoming Fall 2021 students registered in a STEM major, a jumpstart to their first semester on campus. This summer the participants will receive their first Math class and First-year experience class tuition-free (4 credits) thereby giving them a head start to their STCC college experience. The students will participate in an intense Math bootcamp and Blackboard training sessions the week before Summer Session II to prepare them to handle intense summer classes. In addition, they will also receive free supplies, tutoring, peer-mentoring, and advising which will be continued until they graduate or transfer. They will also have the privilege to participate in enriching STEM experiences, events, and activities. These opportunities give the students confidence and teaches them the tools to advocate for themselves. The friendships they make over the summer helps them to form study groups and support they need when new at the college.

This program also increases awareness and familiarity with STCC campus resources such as tutoring, library, STEM majors and events, financial aid, advising, registration, career counseling, gym, student governance, cafeteria, and parking. Students have reported stronger connections with faculty and staff. Peer- mentoring has proved to be a valuable tool for our students to face the rigor of a STEM major. Students will earn a $500 stipend upon successful completion with a C grade or higher. Students will also have opportunities to apply for internships and scholarships.

Program Requirements

  • Be a Massachusetts recent high school graduate from the graduating classes 2019, 2020, or 2021
  • Be a Massachusetts resident
  • Registered for Fall 2021 semester in a STEM major as a full-time student
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or above

Student Success and Testimonials

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My experience in STEM Starter Academy at STCC 2018-2020

The STEM Starter Academy is a golden opportunity for incoming STEM students to get a head start in their college experience. Apart from free summer credits, they will enjoy making new friends, participate in activities and earn a $500 stipend! What better way can you spend your summer? Reena Randhir, Ph.D., Director of the STEM Starter Academy.