RST Academy

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The Ready, Set, Transfer! Academy at the Seattle Colleges provides students the tools and support to begin and stay on a pathway to a career in STEM.

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About the RST Academy

The Ready, Set, Transfer! Academy provides opportunities for students to go on field trips to STEM job sites, attend academic and transfer workshops, attend STEM speaker series, and apply for scholarships. RST also offers its own scholarship through the National Science Foundation S-STEM program, which supports academically talented, low-income students pursuing careers or transfer degrees in STEM fields. RST students who receive the RST S-STEM scholarship can complete capstone projects and will be connected with faculty mentors.

Eligibility, Requirements, and Benefits

Who Can Join the RST Academy

STEM majors pursuing a transfer degree or intending to transfer to a four-year university or institution are eligible to join the Academy and participate in our field trips, speaker events, and workshops. This can be a great way to meet fellow students and faculty, explore careers, and become a stronger student. There is no GPA minimum or other requirement to join.

Are you a STEM major?

STEM majors are students who plan to transfer to a four year institution and study any of these fields:

  • Biological Sciences
    Does not include medicine and other clinical fields.
  • Physical Sciences
    Includes physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science.
  • Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines
    Biotechnology, Chemical Technology, Engineering Technology, Information Technology

After You Join the RST Academy

Once accepted to the Academy, RST members are encouraged to fully participate by attending our guest speakers series, transfer and skills workshops, and field trips, and to apply to the RST Scholarship. RST members are invited to join our Canvas course page, which includes upcoming events, special scholarship and research opportunities, transfer and academic resources, more detailed information on our faculty mentors, and access to the RST Canvas calendar.

Specifically, RST members are encouraged to:

  • Achieve and maintain a quarterly GPA of at least 2.8
  • Participate in two RST Academy activities per quarter
  • Participate in quarterly assessment surveys and activities aimed to improve the Academy
  • Inform the RST Academy of contact information changes
  • Complete an A.S. degree

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The Benefits of the RST Academy

  • Learn with a community of your peers
  • Participate in STEM-centered academic and transfer planning workshops
  • Receive academic support from faculty and staff
  • Attend events featuring guest speakers from academia and industry
  • Go on field trips to university, private, and public industry labs
  • Pursue opportunities for research, service learning, design-build, and student leadership
  • Be eligible to apply for S-STEM scholarships that provide funding for tuition and supplies

Apply to RST by completing our simple application.

Once accepted, you will be invited to join our Canvas course page where your coordinator will post RST information and resources and post upcoming events and activities to the Canvas calendar.