STEM Center

The STEM Center serves as a centralized location at Palo Alto College for STEM programming and academic support services. We integrate a variety of resources and instructional support to students interested in STEM to make informed decisions related to their academic journey.

     
Visit the STEM Center Canvas page to access additional services.
STEM Center Canvas page »
Academic and Student Support Services

Peer Mentoring:

The peer mentor program provides academic and student support services. Our Academic Peer Coaches are NASPA Certified Peer Mentors and in one-on-one or group tutoring (supplemental instruction) and can assist with directing students to the correct student support services based on their needs.

Students are welcome to stop by the STEM Center to meet with an academic peer coach or request services and appointments through the STEM Center canvas course:

  • Tutoring - Tutoring in math and science is available via the STEM Center canvas course or Brainfuse by logging in to ACES.
  • Careers - Students can explore career options with the guidance of peer mentors, and get help to write a resume, fill out job applications, and prepare for interviews or presentations.
  • Internships - Peer mentors can assist students in locating an internship or job shadowing opportunity.
  • Scholarships - Students can get the help they need to apply for the Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarship application or locating outside scholarships.

Interested in becoming an Academic Peer Coach? Contact aaguilar317@alamo.edu

Faculty and Staff Resources

The STEM Center offers the following resources for faculty and staff:

  1. Classroom Presentations: These presentations are given by an Academic Peer Coach and covers the resources available in the STEM Center
  2. STEM Center Tours: Tours can be given to a class or individual employee. Although they are available on a walk-in basis, we ask that you submit your requests at least two days ahead of time to ensure our staff is prepared.
  3. Office hours space: Faculty members are encouraged to host office hour space in the STEM Center. This encourages students to visit the center and become more comfortable with seeking assistance when needed!
  4. Conference table reservations: We have two large conference tables available for group meetings with the ability to cast computers to our large monitors for presentations.

To reserve any of these resources, please submit a Faculty and Staff Service Request Form. A staff member will respond to your request by the end of the next business day to confirm availability.

Scholarships

Palo Alto College offers a variety of scholarships for students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields. Students can apply for each of the following scholarships through the Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarship application.

  • CAARE Title V Endowed Scholarship
  • Deason Animal Hospital Scholarship
  • Dennis Gittinger Endowed Scholarship
  • Donald Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • Douglas and Donna Semmes Success Scholarship
  • Greater Texas Foundation Community College Scholarship Program Endowed
  • Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship
  • Harvey Najim Pathways (General Scholarship
  • Lylar Endowed Scholarship
  • MOTIVE Program Title V Endowed Scholarship
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc (SALE) Scholarship
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas 2+2 STEM Teacher Scholarship

External scholarships available exclusively to STEM majors:

Workshops and Events

In addition to providing dedicated resources to support students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, the STEM Center promotes the advancement of STEM education by hosting various events throughout the year.

Prominent events include:

Achieving Success with the STEM Center

  • Study Skills Workshop: September 13
  • PTE Info Session: October 6
  • How to Graduate Debt-free: October 12
  • STEM Internships workshop: November 14

Speaker Panels and Presentations

  • Latinas in STEM Panel: September 27
  • Motivation Speaker: November 16

Social and Holiday Events

  • Harry Potter Trivia Night: September 1
  • National Video Game Day: September 12
  • STEM Week Events: November 7-10
  • Paloween Pumpkin Painting competition: October 31
  • Computer Science Education Week event: December 6

For more details, visit the STEM event calendar on AlamoExperience.

Event Calendar »

Women in STEM – Advanced Manufacturing and Technology

The Women in STEM/Advanced Manufacturing and Technology (AMT) program was created to help support female students who are interested in going into AMT with financial, academic, and career support.

 


 

Program Benefits

Scholarship Opportunity
  • Females students can apply to earn a $700 scholarship per semester.
    • Students must continue in the AMT program inorder to continue to be eligible for the scholarship
    • Students will need to fill out a scholarship application
  • The program will support female students by providing the financial support in purchasing necessary supplies, equipment and training needed to participate in experimental learning opportunities.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Program will provide female students the opportunity to participate in internships within the AMT workforce

  • Female students will also provide opportunities for shadowing other female’s who work within the AMT workforce.
Career Learning Opportunities
  • Program will provide support in helping female students with:
     
    • Job Search Assistance
    • Filling out application
    • Creating resumes
    • Interview preparation
Female students will also have a STEM Center Academic Peer Coach to help guide them through their academic journey.

 

WomeninSTEM-Image1.png

Degree Offered:
Industrial Technology, A.A.S. – Advanced Manufacturing

Possible Career Areas and Employment Positions:

  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Electrical& Electronic Repairs
  • Commercial & Industrial Equipment
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
Grow with Google

Palo Alto STEM center partnered with Google's Career Readiness Program to help college students develop the digital skills they need to find and secure internships and jobs to help them build successful careers. Through video training sessions and modules, students are given tips and tricks to get ahead of the curve. Listed below are the pathways that are offered.

  • Build your Digital Skills: Students explore a variety of Google digital tools and how they can be used to increase productivity in the workplace and everyday life.
  • Explore Career Paths: Students research possible paths to determine which career might be right for them. Then, they create a career plan and start networking to help them find a job in the field.
  • Land a Great Job: Students use digital tools to search for a job, write a resume and cover letter, and learn how to stand out in interviews while conveying their personal brand.
  • Succeed at Your New Job: Students practice running efficient meetings, managing projects, and presenting to organizational stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurship (Start Your Own Business) - Students research business opportunities, write a business plan, and estimate the financing they'll need to create their own business.

Over the course of this semester, the STEM center will have multiple opportunities for students to come in and register for this program; food and Google swag will be provided!

Grow with Google Registration

  • September 29
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17

AlamoEXPERIENCE STEM Center

H.O.P.E. Gen

Is this your first time in college or returning to school? Feeling overwhelmed or unsure of the semester or college experience in general? Want to learn more skills that will empower you to take charge of your life?

H.O.P.E. Gen is a new program we are offering in the S.T.E.M. Center just for you!

Throughout the semester, you will learn skills that will drive your success in college and life, become part of a supportive community on campus, learn about all the great resources available to you, and participate in some fun activities. Our very first meeting is happening next Wednesday. We hope to see you there!

All majors are welcome

Meeting Dates

  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 19

AlamoEXPERIENCE STEM Center

     
The STEM Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math areas. Visit STEM Advising »

 

The STEM Center at Palo Alto College is funded in part by the SEEDS of Excellence in STEM Project (PR#P031C160167) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III, Part F Hispanic-Serving Institutions—Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program.

 

Contact Information: 

Location:
Brazos Hall (BRAZOS 100)

Email:
pac-stem@alamo.edu

Phone:
210-486-3945

Erron Gonzalez
STEM Center Director

Phone:
210-486-3946

 

Ashley Aguilar
Senior Advisor

Phone:
210-485-3948

 

Angelica Martinez
Senior Specialist

Hours of Operation:

In-person:
Monday – Thursday:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Virtual:
Monday – Thursday:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.