Transfer Program (formerly Bridge to Baccalaureate)

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Transfer Program


North Star STEM Alliance understands that transferring to a four-year institution from a community college can be a big step. Our transfer program is here to help you navigate a new campus so that you can succeed. The North Star STEM Alliance Transfer Program (formerly know as Bridge to Baccalaureate) supports underrepresented minority men and women studying STEM at three local community colleges as they prepare to transfer to 4-year institutions.  In addition to UM Twin Cities, in fall 2016 Alliance partners Augsburg College and Metropolitan State University are participating in the program.  Faculty, staff, and students associated with the North Star STEM Alliance, Minnesota’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, engage minority STEM students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Century College, and St. Paul College. 

Community college students receive multiple benefits of campus visits, invitations to special events with faculty, staff, and leaders of minority STEM student organizations, and peer mentoring by undergraduates. Lunches on community college campuses each semester reach more students interested in STEM.  Faculty and student services staff across the STEM colleges are engaged in connecting with these prospective transfer students.  3M STEM professionals attend or present at events on the campuses.

The Transfer Program, with renewed funding from 3M Foundation for 2016, addresses the North Star STEM Alliance goal of providing greater support for students transferring from community colleges to 4-year institutions.  It also builds on the success of the Minority Males in STEM Initiative, a program between UMTC and MCTC from 2012-14 funded by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the initial year of Bridge to the Baccalaureate funded by 3M Foundation in 2015. 


Program features:

  • Visits to the UMTC campus
  • Visits to Metropolitan State University and Augsburg College
  • Visits to community colleges by faculty, transfer admissions counselors, and undergraduates
  • Peer mentoring between undergraduates and prospective transfers
  • Lunches at community colleges featuring STEM and industry speakers, such as 3M (spring and fall semesters)
  • Professional development workshops

Contact a site coordinator at your institution today!

If you would like more information on how to join the Transfer Program, please contact your institution's Transfer Program Site Coordinator:

Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC): John Ford,

Saint Paul College (SPC): Marcus Gabrawy,

Century College: Joann Pfeiffer,


For more information regarding the Transfer Program, contact Crystal Lee, graduate program assistant at, or Anne Hornickel, North Star STEM Alliance Program Director, at