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STEM Bound Program

STEM Bound is focused on first-generation college students, students of color, and those who have been underrepresented in STEM fields. The program is a cohort model where students completing a STEM program build relationships with other STEM students and faculty through similar courses and co-curricular activities. We hope that the support students receive from this program will provide them with skills needed to successfully complete a higher-level STEM degree and become part of the STEM workforce.

Pierce College offers a comprehensive program that includes advising, direct contact with STEM faculty, and support in the completion of STEM-related degrees. The program starts in the summer and continues throughout the school year.


Get a head start in college with our Summer Bound program that will help you develop a cohort with other students and complete a college readiness course.

Year One

Begin taking STEM-related classes in fall quarter with your cohort, helping you build relationships and develop career skills.

Year Two

Continue to receive academic support in your final year and become a leader to help guide first-year students as they make their way through the STEM program.

Program Benefits

  • Unique advising:
    • Peer academic coach
    • STEM success coach
    • Faculty mentor
  • Opportunity for assistance for college expenses for eligible students
  • STEM Peers
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills
  • Coordinated tutor opportunities catered to student availability 

How to Get Started

  1. Apply for FAFSA online
  2. Apply to Pierce College
  3. Complete the STEM Bound Application
    We are not currently accepting applications.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete application process
  • Participate in Summer Bound activities and courses
  • Strong interest in STEM

Priority will be given to first-generation students and students of color.