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Guide for Students in STEM

This Educational Path is for students pursuing or exploring an academic program within the STEM Meta-Major.

Choices you make during your time at Hartnell student will help you complete your degree or certificate in order to immediately begin your career or transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.


Steps on Your Way

Plan Your Path

Experience Your Path

Continue Your Path


Be Transfer Ready (4- Year Path)

Final Hartnell Steps

First 4-Year Steps


Be Career Ready (Workforce Path)

First Career Steps

Students walking into STEM Center PLan your Path

  • Meet regularly with your counselor and create a comprehensive ed plan; review transfer institution options and requirements.
  • If you’re not sure you want to pursue a 4-year (bachelor’s) degree: Review certification requirements. Complete a calendar of important certification deadlines.
  • If you plan to pursue a 4-year (bachelor’s) degree: Create a calendar of important deadlines for transfer such as for financial aid and applications. (Even if you’re not sure about this, keep your options open.)
  • Review scholarships and financial aid.
  • Consider four-year foundational courses in engineering, speech, English, ethnic studies or counseling.

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STEM Club members celebrate after duck race

continue your path

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  Be Transfer Ready (4-Year path)

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STEM Symposium in STEM Center

Final HARTNELL Steps

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UCSC student in a labFirst 4-Year Steps

  • Apply for scholarships at your transfer institution.
  • Arrange housing and other living preparations at your transfer institution.
  • Connect current students with students who have already transferred.

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Be Career Ready (workforce path)

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First Career Steps

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