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Our Approach

The California Community College system, the nation’s largest and most diverse, is a great resource to meet the workforce needs of California’s growing STEM economy.  Most of the 2.4 million students entering community college, however, lack the math, computer, and communication skills to pursue these high-wage technical careers.  Growth Sector, in collaboration with community colleges, foundations and employers such as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore Lab,  has reimagined traditional educational models and created a new, innovative pathway to engineering and computer science opportunities.  Our new “STEM Core” model, now being implemented at 14 community colleges around California, has shown critical early success in readying students for calculus, engineering and computer science internships, jobs and/or transfer to B.S. degree programs.

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Featured Program: STEM Core at Santa Ana College “Bridge 2 Engineering”

Here is a video featuring one of our STEM Core students from Santa Ana College’s Bridge 2 Engineering program describing what the program has meant for them…