Welcome To the TRIO Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Program

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Welcome To TRIO STEM!

The TRIO Student Support Services STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program has been on the Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) campus for over 13 years. TRIO STEM is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to assist students overcome, class, social & cultural barriers to higher education & provide services for students wishing to enter the STEM or Allied Health fields.

Its primary focus is to increase the retention, and persistence of first-generation and low-income participants to completing a certificate, an AA/AS degree, an ADT (Associates Degree for Transfer) and/or graduating and transferring to a 4-year college or university.

TRIO STEM Counselors offer personal support, and individualized counseling along with wrap around services that include comprehensive academic support through the transfer process and exploring career options. In addition, Tutors and Mentors work with participants to help them successfully complete their coursework and learn how to navigate and prepare for transferring to a 4-year college or university.

LASC’s TRIO STEM program also offers activities and assistance that include (but are not limited to) workshops on the transfer process, application assistance, financial literacy and financing your education, dealing with math anxiety, preparing for life after transfer, etc.

Finally, we offer cultural enrichment activities (trips to museums and performances) as well as campus tours to local public and private four-year schools each semester.

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Here just some of our benefits and services:

  • Counselors who specialize in advising students enrolled in STEM & Allied Health fields
  • Comprehensive Student Education Plans (SEPs) created specifically for STEM majors to complete their academic goal
  • Tutoring in Math & Science courses to ensure you succeed, including extra academic support in math, science, & writing
  • College transfer assistance including;
    • Workshops on completing admissions applications
      • Including One-on One assistance as needed
    • Assistance with writing personal statements
  • Information on managing your finances
    • Reviewing financial aid award letters
    • Financial literacy workshops
  • Personalized mentoring and tutoring from current or former STEM participants
  • Campus tours to local four-year public and private colleges & universities
    • Including meetings with Admissions Counselor Representatives
  • University and College Fairs
  • Math, science, and nursing textbooks for reference (office use only)
  • Computer lab for TRIO participants

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are designed to assist students overcome, class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

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Make an appointment with a STEM Counselor

To Make an Appointment: Please email the Director and Counselor, Dr. Angelita Salas directly at salasaf@lasc.edu

OR you can make an appointment on-line at: https://laccd.craniumcafe.com/angelitasalas

During the appointment you will:

  • Review with the Counselor your intended major choice, and discuss your academic, personal, and career goals
  • Go through your transfer options and identify 3-4 colleges or universities
  • Complete your comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP) including all pre-requisites and general education requirements
  • Complete your application for the STEM program

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have the interest to go into a STEM or affiliated Health major
  • Be enrolled in 9 or more units per semester
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have NOT completed an associate or bachelor’s degree

Student Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be at least one of the following:
    • First-generation college student (first in your family to go to college)
    • Receive Financial Aid for the current academic year (i.e. California Promise Grant, Pell Grant, EOPS Grant, Federal Loans, Federal Work-Study)
    • Have a verified physical or mental impairment & be a participant of LASC’s DisAbility Student Programs & Services (DSPS)

As an LASC TRIO STEM participant, you will need to:

  • Meet with your STEM Counselor at least twice per semester
    • We will review your SEP and keep you on track
  • Meet with the STEM Tutor/Mentor to assess tutoring needs
  • Attend at least one Academic Success workshop (financial literacy, writing your personal statement, math anxiety), attend a campus tour, or a campus event each semester
    • These are optional, but highly recommended.

When you are ready to Transfer, TRIO STEM can assist you with completing your applications and help with researching which college or university is best for your major choice.

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After students meet with the TRIO STEM Counselors, they will:

  • Be able to identify two to three four-year colleges and/or universities that offer their major of choice.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the prerequisite preparation required for STEM majors.
  • Have a comprehensive educational plan completed for their intended major.
  • Currently enrolled STEM students who are on the transfer track to four-year colleges and universities will complete their transfer applications prior to the stated deadline(s).

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are designed to assist students overcome, class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.


Office Hours and Location:

Office Hours and Online Office Hours
Mondays to Thursdays: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed

Student Services Building, Room 229


Dr. Angelita F. Salas

TRIO STEM Program Director & Counselor
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 241-5392
Fax: (323) 242-5524
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