Students talk about how El Dorado Hall and the STEM Center help them succeed academically.

Project PROMESAS seeks to improve the academic success, progression, retention, and program completion of CI's STEM students. To this end, our student success services include: a STEM Center that provides free tutoring for STEM gateway courses; Peer-Led Team Learning workshops; and the STEM Success Integrative Learning Community

STEM Center

The STEM Center offers free, drop-in tutoring for all gateway STEM courses. The center supports some upper division STEM courses (check the schedules below for availability). The STEM Center also provides students with access to: STEM textbooks; anatomical models; and laptops. 

STEM Center Tutoring hours an course coverage will be limited the week of (10/28 - 11/02) Please see schedule below:


Location and FALL Hours:

  • The STEM Center is located in El Dorado Hall
  • Tutoring begins the second week of classes
    • The STEM Center is open:
      • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

STEM Tutoring Schedule for Fall 2019:

Fall 2019 STEM Center Tutor Schedule    (PDF, 172KB)


A Space for all Students and Faculty 

El Dorado Hall (ELD) and the STEM Center are great places to study, meet with study groups, etc. There are copious whiteboards, computers, office materials, and furniture that can be configured in a variety of ways. 

Faculty, feel free to schedule office hours, special events, review sessions, and the like. No reservations are needed to meet students in the STEM Center, the multipurpose area, or the kitchen. To request a room, select ELD in the CI Events Calendar reservation system.

Additional Tutoring Services at CI

If you have questions about the STEM Center or would like more information contact:

Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops

What is Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)?

The PLTL program is designed for students who want to excel in their STEM class. A Peer Leader  organizes and facilitates a weekly  2-hour workshop session on topics recently covered in class. Peer Leaders are trained to bring out the best in a group in terms of learning, developing self-sufficiency and effective study skills. As such, participants learn how to learn and take that skill to their other courses.

PLTL Workshops and Schedule 

PLTL Workshops are available for the following STEM gateway courses: CHEM 105, CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 311, CHEM 314, COMP 105, COMP 150, COMP 151 (PreLab), COMP 162, COMP 232, MATH 105, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 230, and PHYS 100/200. *Available workshops vary by semester. Please see the schedule below for this semester's workshop roster.

PLTL Schedule for Fall 2019:

Fall 2019 PLTL Schedule of Workshops and Office Hours

Fall 2019 PLTL Schedule  (PDF, 28.6 KB)

If you have questions about PLTL or would like more information contact: or 805.437.3596

PLTL Leaders' Office Hours    (PDF, 1.0 M)








STEM Success Integrative Learning Community

The STEM Success Integrative Learning Community offers freshmen STEM students support in succeeding in college by developing core college success skill sets (e.g., self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making), improving their self-efficacy, and developing resilience and a growth mindset.

What is a Learning Community?

A learning community is a cluster of two or more classes that a group of students take as a cohort. The STEM Success Integrative Learning Community pairs two courses:

  • Fall
    • ENGL 102 – Strategies for Successful College Writers (3 units, continues with ENGL 105 in the spring)
    • UNIV 100 – University Life and College Success (1 unit)
  • Spring
    • ENGL 105 – Composition and Rhetoric (3 units)

The Benefits

Members of the STEM Success Integrative Learning Community: 

  • Are connected to encouraging and supportive faculty instructors
  • Receive support and guidance from an embedded Peer Academic Success Coach (who is a CI STEM major) in their UNIV 100 class
  • Participate in outside class activities, known as Dolphin Interests Groups (DIGs) facilitated by the Peer Academic Success Coach
    • DIGs help students by emphasizing what is learned in their UNIV 100 class and also introduce students to more on campus resources
  •  Fulfill General Education units:
    • Area E (Lifelong Learning) with ENGL 102 and 
    • Area A-3 (Written Communication) with ENGL 105


To participate in the STEM Success Learning Community: 

  • You must be an incoming freshman and a STEM major.
  • You can be undeclared with a high interest in a STEM major.
  • You do not have to live on campus to participate in this learning community.
  • Important: Students who are Pre-nursing or majoring in Health Sciences are, unfortunately, not eligible to participate in this learning community.

STEM Majors at CI are…

  • Applied Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechatronics

If you have questions about the learning community or would like more information contact: Dr. Araceli Espinoza-Wade, 

Other Learning Communities at CI

To learn more about additional learning communities at CI visit: First-Year Communities  

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