South Texas College - Prefreshmen Engineering Program (PREP)

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About the Program

  • The STC PREP program is an agreement between South Texas College and The University of Texas at San Antonio and participating school districts to offer an academically intense, mathematics-based summer program which stresses the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • The purpose is to identify achieving middle and high school students with and interest in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and other mathematics-related areas and to increase their potential for careers in these areas.
  • The Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) is an academically intense, mathematics-based, enriched program. The Program has a component that is presented in a seven-week session each summer.
  • The Primary Goal of PREP is to improve access to careers in Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering. In order to achieve this goal, the program includes: academics, role modeling, mentoring, hands on experience, and career awareness.

Program Overview:

  • Six week summer program
  • Grades 7th-10th
  • Geared towards students interested in STEM fields
  • Field trips
  • Hands-on learning
  • Classes are Monday-Thursday 9am-3:30pm
  • Lunch is provided
Program Overview
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 All Years

Logic and its Applications to Mathematics

Introduction to Engineering

Algebraic Structures

Introduction to Physics

Introduction to Probability & Statistics

Introduction to Technical Writing

Computer Science

Advanced Science & Engineering (such as Water Science, Nanotechnology, or Cyber Security/Cloud Computing)

Problem Solving

Career Awareness

Research & Study

Field Trips and Special Events

Academic Credit

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has approved one unit of elective credit toward high school credit for each summer of PREP successfully completed.

Calendar of Events

February 19, 2021 
Returners Complete Online Application

March 12, 2021
Complete PREP Year 1 Online Application

April 2021 
Committee Review and Selection Process

May 2021 
Acceptance Package Delivered

June 14, 2021
STC PREP Opening Day

July 22, 2021 
STC PREP Closing Day

STC PREP Locations

Pecan Campus

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Hidalgo ISD

Mid-Valley Campus

Weslaco ISD

Starr County Campus

Roma ISD

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