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Los Angeles Valley College PASO (Promoting Awareness of STEM Opportunities) STEM Office is here to help!  In order to support the global effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19, we are currently closed for in-person services. We have transitioned to remote services!

Video chat on Cranium Cafe with the STEM Help Desk Video chat on Cranium Cafe with Luis A. Cabrera


PASO STEM is happy to assist you in three (3) ways:

  1. By Phone:  818-778-5684
  2. E-Mail:
  3. Live Chat or Video Chat:  Simply click on any STEM online service help desk above which feature live chat or video chat.  To video chat, please be sure to use the latest Google Chrome or Firefox browser with a laptop, desktop or phone (see details below for technical requirements*).

We ask for your patience as we are working hard to serve all students.  Stay safe. Stay at home, Monarchs!

*Technical Requirements for Live Chat via Cranium Café

For desktop PC and Mac:

  • Use the latest Chrome or Firefox internet browser
  • Have webcam ready and activated (for online student support)
  • Have a headset with microphone ready - your cell phone headset will work great

For Android and Window Devices:

  • Use Chrome
  • Have your webcam ready and activated
  • Have a headset with microphone ready - your cell phone headset will work great

For iOS- Apple Device:

  • Download ConexED App from the app store*

*App provides limited access.  You will be able to join a video meeting, but not share your screen or use other functions.

Los Angeles Valley College

Promoting Awareness of STEM Opportunities (PASO)

Title III HSI STEM and Articulation Grant

Los Angeles Valley College was awarded a Title III HSI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Articulation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, for a total of $ 6 million over five years (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021).  The purpose of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Programs is to: (1) increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and (2) to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields.  Funds may be used for: improving academic quality of STEM programs through curriculum revision and development, or faculty development; developing research opportunities for students in STEM fields; providing or improving services including tutoring, mentoring or establishing learning communities; encouraging secondary students to pursue STEM degrees and careers through outreach activities; and improving STEM facilities and equipment needed for science instruction and computer laboratories.


LAVC PASO project is designed to promote STEM awareness in the college and surrounding community of San Fernando Valley, attracting more Latino and low-income students to enroll in LAVC, encourage completion of STEM certificates and degrees, retain students in STEM fields, produce more community college STEM transfers to four-year institutions and ultimately increase the number of Latino and low-income students attaining STEM baccalaureates. 


To accomplish these goals, LAVC PASO grant includes the following activities:

  1. Proactive and Intrusive STEM Academic Advising and Peer Mentoring
  2. Curricular infusion of instructional technology, Supplemental Instruction, collaborative learning, and STEM advising across all redesign courses (Chemistry and Physics)
  3. Strengthen STEM Pathway
  4. Development of model articulation/transfer agreements with LAVC’s primary transfer institutions, California State University Northridge (CSUN) and California State University Los Angeles (CSULA); development of transfer resources and course-embedded STEM advising
  5. Annual Summer STEM Investigations Camp
  6. Comprehensive STEM Faculty Professional Development