There are a number of initiatives and programs in SST that not only assist students earn their degree, but provide valuable preparation and support to pursue graduate degrees and careers in their desired field.
HPAP is an advisory program for students who wish to have careers in various health professions. Students prepare at SSU to enter programs that lead to admission into medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and chiropractic medicine. In addition, students can prepare for graduate study in other health professions careers to become a physician assistant, physical therapist, clinical laboratory science or in fields of public health. The Health Professions Advisory Committee provides advising for most of the above health professions.
LSAMP is an NSF sponsored program designed to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and increase the number of students who face social, education, or economic barriers receiving baccalaureate degrees, and ultimately Ph.D.s, in STEM disciplines.
MESA aims to recruit, retain, and graduate more historically underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in addition to meeting the science and technology challenges faced by California and the nation. MESA works to serve students from low-income households, students receiving financial aid, students who are the first in their family to attend college and students whose primary language spoken at home is not English.
Sonoma Mountain Connection (SMC) is a two-year cohort program for first-time, first-year students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors, funded by the Koret Foundation. SMC provides students a summer research immersion and enriched academic year experience. Overall, SMC integrates three of the highest-impact educational practices documented to improve academic success: cohorting, research experiences, and outdoor learning.
As a response to the underrepresented number of female students in technology, the Women In Tech initiative was created to support and encourage female students in computer science, engineering and physics. The goal of WIT is to help build community among the students allowing them to identify with being a female in a technology discipline, to offer support to these students and to help build their confidence.