East Los Angeles College To Provide Unique STEM Program For Veterans
Posted: Aug/7/2019 3:06 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2019
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MONTEREY PARK, Calif.— East Los Angeles College’s (ELAC) Veterans Resource Center has started an innovative program for student veterans this summer. The Success, Engagement & Retention of Veterans in Engineering and Science or SERVES program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and aims to increase the number of student veterans transferring to four-year universities and completing STEM degrees.
SERVES students follow a cohort model supported by a number of enrichment activities designed to ensure their success. This first-of-its-kind program started this August and is open to all full-time enrolled student veterans. To qualify, students must have and maintain a GPA over 2.0 and be interested in pursuing a STEM field of study.
Participating students are eligible to receive a $600 stipend for attending summer and winter intersession academic preparedness STEM workshops, with special emphasis placed on fundamental algebra competencies. Students will continue a cohort enrollment in an extensive series of math courses during the fall semester. This includes an 8-week trigonometry course followed by an 8-week pre-calculus course. The sequence is designed to prepare students for calculus coursework in just one semester.
Student veterans in the SERVES program will also receive faculty and peer mentoring. They will get one-on-one support through specialized academic advising, counseling and tutoring to make sure they maximize their potential.
SERVES students will also get an opportunity to apply for and participate in a UCLA summer Research internship. If selected, students that participate and complete the internship are provided a $4,000 stipend.