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SFCC’s STEM Core is a community of students taking classes together with support from a specialist focused on your success. We are here to help you reach your goals.

Do you want to…

Get on the fast track to a fun, challenging, meaningful and highly paid career?

Study with a group of motivated, hard-working students and get extra support?

Increase your chances to earn a paid internship with a local employer?

Get all this and more. Register now for SFCC’s STEM Core.

Why Choose a STEM career

  • Number of STEM jobs will grow 50% faster than non-STEM jobs over the next 10 years
  • The average STEM job pays more than $40 an hour.
  • 93% of STEM professionals earn more than the national average.
  • The eight highest-paying entry-level jobs are in computer science, engineering and math.
  • Great local job opportunities with the national labs and other employers.

Benefits of SFCC’s STEM Core program?

  • Take courses together
  • Get academic and career advising
  • Receive academic and non-academic support
  • Save a semester of math study
  • Be calculus-ready by the end of the first year
  • Learn in group study and group workshops
  • Earn dual credit in both high school and college
  • Hear from guest speakers from local business and industry
  • Explore careers so you can find the best job fit for your skills
  • Visit four-year universities (by starting at SFCC, you save big $$$ toward a bachelor’s degree)
  • Get help applying for paid internships with regional employers, such as Los Alamos National Labs

What degree can I earn?

Choose your path toward an engineering or a computer science/information technology degree. With your commitment to a full-time class schedule in a learning community, in two years you can earn an associate degree in one of these fields:

  • Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science in Engineering
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer & Information Technology
  • Associate of Science in Computer Science

STEM Core schedule of classes:

MW      11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.           ENGR 121 Engineering Graphics          3 credits
MW      1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ENGR 111 Introduction to Engineering 3 credits
MW      2:30 – 3:20 p.m. MATH 104 Emporium Math Lab             1 credit
TR 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. MATH 1220 College Algebra 4 credits
Choose one:
TR        12:30 – 2:15 p.m.                     ENGL 109 English Review                      4 credits
TR        11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.           ENGL 1110 Composition I                      3 credits

Total: up to 15 credits

MW      10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          ISCS 120 Introduction to Programming 4 credits
MW       2:30 – 3:20 p.m.                   MATH 104 Emporium Math Lab              1 credit
TR 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. MATH 1220 College Algebra 4 credits
Choose one:
TR        12:30 – 2:15 p.m.                    ENGL 109 English Review                       4 credits
TR        11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.          ENGL 1110 Composition I                        3 credits

Choose one:
Online  ISCS 116 Introduction to Linux                                                                3 credits
Online  ISCS 171 Computer and Security Fundamentals                                   3 credits

Total: up to 15 credits

STEM Core Orientation

Friday, August 21, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: TBA (possibly virtually)

Meet your faculty and support team. Meet other students. Learn more about the program.

Fall classes begin August 24, 2020

How do I apply?

Complete the STEM Core application below, and we will follow up with you shortly! Veterans are encouraged to apply.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to SFCC’s STEM Core Program!

Ed Worden, 505-428-1818,
Erin Lopez-Trask, 505-428-1754,
Cahalan Fiddes, 505-428-1462,