Introduction

STEM Ready WordmarkSTEM Ready diversifies our region’s future workforce by empowering students who are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields to succeed in college and career. The program is a partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College (MC), the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), along with local and regional industry representatives. Starting with an application in sophomore year of high school, this pathway supports students in Montgomery County to pursue STEM careers and be part of the regional STEM workforce.


  • Supported local pathway starting sophomore year to college completion

  • Early access to college resources and support

  • Coaching, career readiness training, and professional opportunities

STEM Ready Pillars

STEM Ready begins with the end in mind by focusing on four essential pillars to prepare students to meet workforce demands of regional STEM employers:

  1. Academic Training
    Take advantage of early access to college and academic supports, research activities, academic enrichment programming, and college level materials through MCPS, MC, and UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove.
  2. Career Readiness
    Explore careers, get coaching and professional skills training to build the competencies that regional employers are looking for in STEM graduates.
  3. Experiential and Hands-On Learning
    Engage with the STEM business community through progressive experiential learning programming such as career immersion field trips, job shadowing, networking, mentoring, and internships.
  4. Industry Credentials
    Gain credentialing opportunities such as technology training, STEM badging, and association membership throughout their post-secondary academic pathway.

What is STEM Ready?

The STEM Ready Pathways Program is a partnership between MCPS, Montgomery College, the Universities at Shady Grove, and UMBC along with local and regional industry representatives. This program provides support and services for students to pursue a seamless pathway to a 4-year college degree in select STEM fields, including Translational Life Science Technology (TLST), Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. Together, these pathways and supportive interventions empower students in Montgomery County to pursue STEM careers to expand the diverse career-ready pool of graduates for the regional STEM workforce.

The STEM Ready Student Experience

Students apply to STEM Ready during their sophomore year and begin to participate in supportive activities which supplement their academic pursuit of a STEM focused Associate Degree at Montgomery College and Bachelor’s Degree from UMBC at USG. Wraparound supports such as mentoring, academic advising, tutoring, and transfer support are provided to ensure that students successfully persist to graduation through these rigorous academic pathways. Activities that characterize the student experience include:

  • Early access to college courses
  • Academic advising
  • Mentoring
  • STEMpowerment student services
  • Workshops on college planning, career exploration, and career readiness competencies
  • Career coaching focused on STEM Success
  • Career immersion field Trips/Job Shadowing
  • Industry partner mentoring
  • Project-based learning
  • Summer Bridge, experiential learning, research opportunities
  • Internships
  • Certifications, training, credentials, badging
  • Supportive staff members to guide you through your college & career preparation

Is STEM Ready Right for Me?

STEM Ready is right for you if you can agree with the following statements:

  • I am interested in pursuing a degree in Applied Biotech, Computer Science, or Engineering.
  • I plan to pursue my degree utilizing the local MCPS -> MC -> UMBC-USG Pathway
  • I want to layer my high school and college journey with meaningful career experiences to meet the demands of regional STEM employers when I receive my degree!

Application Process

  1. Students will attend a pre-application information session in January 2022
  2. Application submissions by January 31, 2022
  3. Acceptance notification by March 2022
  4. Cohort starts in Summer 2022

Information Session Registration

Students who wish to apply for the STEM Ready Pathway Program must attend an information session.Choose a date and Register now!

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