Special Populations Collaborative

Effective Practices for Nontraditional Students

Canada College, SOLES Project (Student On-ramp Leading to Engineering and Sciences)

The SOLES project aims to maximize the likelihood of success among underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The project is supported by a grant from the US Department of Education through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). SOLE components include:

  • The Summer Math Jam: a two-week intensive preparation for the Math Placement Test
  • The Summer Engineering Institute: a two-week residential summer camp to provide real-world context to the study of engineering
  • A student-centered model of Academic Counseling and Mentoring
  • A series of Personal and Professional Development activities designed to develop knowledge and attributes needed to be a successful STEM student.
  • Strong Academic Support Services through student clustering in key STEM courses, Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs), and tutoring.

For more information visit: http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/canmesa/soles/default.html