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STEM Starter Academy


The STEM Starter Academy (SSA) was launched in order to build, enhance, and sustain the college's capacity to successfully graduate and transfer a greater number of students in STEM associate degree and certificate programs. Supported by the State Department of Higher Education and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the STEM Starter Academy's goal is to match the state's workforce needs for a STEM talent pipeline.

SSA fosters student awareness, interest, and academic success by providing a variety of opportunities through programs and services for STEM students. We are on a mission to recruit, retain, and graduate significantly more students in STEM pathways programs.

SSA will help to address gaps, promote alignment and build capacity to meet unaddressed student needs and to refine the model of articulated student support services and structured STEM curriculum that will promote:

  • Increased student awareness of and access to STEM programs of study and career opportunities
  • Enhanced student readiness for and recruiting into STEM pathway programs
  • Improved student retention based on academic success and overcoming "life barriers"
  • Increased completion through award of certificates or degrees and pathways to STEM jobs or transfer to higher level STEM academic programs

To learn more about our Pathfinders program, upcoming events and other opportunities, please select the links on the left side of this page.

Contact Us

Joshua Felch, Program Coordinator
(978) 322-8411

Sean Kenney, STEM Success Coach
(978) 656-3391

Mary Sadler, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (978) 322-8410



Last Modified: 9/11/20