J. M. Hodges Learning Center, Library
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Science Technology Engineering & Math
The STEM Success Center housed at the WCJC Wharton Campus location is a relaxed and informal environment equipped with all of the technology and resources students need to be successful. The STEM staff works as a family of advisors, guides, helpers, and friends to each student. The STEM staff strives to expand the horizons of students academically, socially, and culturally. Students that need academic advising will have access to a Success Coordinator and a Success Coach. Students that need help with their coursework can get assistance from the Supplemental Instruction Coach. As a team, the STEM staff will ensure academic success.
STEM Project Director
Marybelle Perez is the Project Director for the STEM Grant. Marybelle holds a M.S. in Educational Management from University of Houston – Clear Lake and a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from University of Houston – Main Campus. She has worked in the field of education in multiple capacities and has several years of grant management experience.
STEM Grant Operations Manager
Jessica Falcon is the STEM Success Coordinator at the Wharton campus. She has been a full-time employee at WCJC since 2006. Jessica received her AA degree in psychology from WCJC. She then continued her education at Liberty University and received her B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies and her M.A. in Human Services. Jessica is excited about being part of the STEM Team and is passionate about helping students achieve their educational goals.Brittany Miller
STEM Assessment and Professional Development Coordinator
Brittany Miller is the STEM Assessment and Professional Development Coordinator at the Wharton Campus. Brittany received her B.S. degree from Texas State University at San Marcos in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She then continued her education and graduated with her M.S. degree in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her graduate research work focused on hormone signaling in Arabidopsisthaliana, the model organism in plants.
STEM Articulation Liaison
Kristin Livingston is a Texas A&M Graduate of Galveston with a Bachelor's in Marine Biology and a second Bachelor's in Marine Fisheries. She has worked for various non-profit organizations to teach environmental conservation and awareness, as well as a contract employee for NOAA on board commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experiences to the STEM center to assist student success in at Wharton County Junior College.Veronica Garcia
STEM Success Coach
Veronica Garcia is the Success Coach. Veronica began her college career at WCJC and then transferred to Lamar University where she earned her B.S. in Community Health. At Lamar University, Veronica did internships with the Beaumont Health Department under the Bio-Terrorism field and 911 EMS. Veronica joined WCJC as a full-time employee in 2005. She looks forward to helping students as a bilingual Success Coach.
Shayna Barker is the STEM Specialist. Shayna has been a WCJC employee for four years. She received her A.A.S. Degree from Wharton County Junior College and is excited to be a part of the STEM Team. Shayna also teaches part-time as a Medical Office Specialist Instructor for the Continuing Education Department.
These staff members will help students by providing advising and academic support to improve their success and assist them in the transition from community college to four-year institutions.
The center will be equipped with 20 computers and 12 laptops for students to use. Models, calculators, charts, books and other resources will also be available for students to use at the center to complete their work.
Faculty will be encouraged to use the center to meet with students and have students work collaboratively in learning communities.
About the Grant
The Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM Success Project is a five year grant from the Department of Education to increase learning and success in STEM fields of study, especially among Hispanic and other low-income students.
The STEM Success Project focuses on one activity: student learning and success in STEM fields of study, with three integrated components: 1) planning, development, and establishment of a comprehensive STEM Success Center integrating STEM academic and student support services; 2) revising and upgrading courses and programs, and focusing faculty development on STEM-related issues; and 3) increasing STEM articulation agreements among WCJC and four-year universities.