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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

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.