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:

Funded by the Department of Education Title III HSI STEM Grant, the peer mentor program provides academic and student support services. Mentors can assist 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.

During remote teaching and learning, students can request the following from academic peer coaches 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.

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:

Black History Month: STEM Panel
February 16, 2022

Engineering Week Speaker
February 23, 2022

Woman History Month: STEM Panel
March 23, 2022

Cybersecurity Speaker
March 24, 2022


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.



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
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: 

Brazos Hall (BRAZOS 100)



Erron Gonzalez
STEM Center Director



Ashley Aguilar
Senior Advisor



Angelica Martinez
Senior Specialist

Hours of Operation:

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday:
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday:
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4 – 6 p.m.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.