Connecting to STEM Through Mentoring

A Massachusetts college matches STEM students with industry partners for learning beyond the classroom.

MassBay Community College's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentor Program has been connecting STEM students with regional companies since 2014. The program provides skills-based programs and networking that are beneficial to mentors and students.

The STEM Mentor Program activities include meetings one-on-one meetings between students and mentors, group activities, social events, and workshops. Career and college preparation-related activities include job shadowing, reviewing resumes, preparing for interviews, going over course selections and post-college options.

The program, which started with 41 students one company partner, Sanofi Genzyme. The company's employers served as mentors. By the end of the spring of 2017, the program had 67 mentors and 80 students. Valerie Kaplow, MassBay's director of the STEM Program reports that "The students in our mentor program have earned a higher average GPA and college retention rate than STEM students as a whole at MassBay for the last two years."

The list of company programs now includes Mathworks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Winchester Analytical Engineering Center and other regional STEM employers.

Students and mentors in The STEM Mentor Program come from diverse backgrounds. Over 30% of the students are low income people of color, first in their family to attend college and women.

You can download a brochure and find out more about MassBay Community College's STEM Mentor Program at:,_Technology,_ Mathematics,_and_Engineering/stem-mentor-brochure.pdf

Reference: AACC 21st Century Center website at: