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In our global, technology-driven culture, STEM is more important than ever. STEM drives economic growth and innovation and pervades every aspect of our lives making it an exciting, rewarding and in-demand career option. Through our various programs, we help high-potential, low-resource students develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a promising career in STEM.

The Base 11 “Victory Circle” is achieved by completing a Base 11 program, which prepare students for STEM success at a four-year university, at a major corporation, or as an entrepreneur.

MEET Base 11’s VICTORY CIRCLE MEMBERS

Breanna Allen

2017

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: UCI ASEA

Transferred to: University of Michigan Dearborn

Quote: “I am interested in pursuing a career as an aerospace engineer at NASA. For as long as I can remember i've had an intense passion for the sciences of the earth, the universe, how they interact with one another. A job at NASA deals with exactly this and I see myself no where else in life.”

Noel Lam

2017

College: East LA College

Program: UCI ASEA USC RPL

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Cody Morrin

2017

College: Grossmont College

Program: UCI ASEA

Transferred to: Columbia University

Quote: “I definitely see myself going into the computer science realm now. I didn’t have that much experience in it before, but now I have experience coding in Python.”

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David Jung

2017

College: East LA College

Program: NASM UCI ASEA

Transferred to: Cal Poly Pomona

Quote: "What this program did was really get me to express my creative side. I can bring whatever I imagine to life on a 3D printer.”

Nathan Ngoy

2017

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Maria Hernandez

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI ASEA

Quote: “This experience gave me more confidence. I never felt like I was that at the same level as everyone else, but now I feel like I’m on the same playing field.”

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Lawrence Lawson

2017

College: LA Southwest College

Program: UCI ASEA

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Guowei Yang

2017

College: East LA College

Program: UCI ASEA

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

Quote: “After doing this program, I confirmed that I love doing electrical engineering.”

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Tamara Mmbuka

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI ASEA

Transferred to: UCLA

Quote: “My biggest takeaway from the program has to be self-advocacy. … That is life changing for me.”

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David Tran

2017

College: Orange Coast College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program at UCI

Quote: “This program helped land me a job as a CNC technician.”

Paul Grad III

2015 2016

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech - AMP USC CompSci

Transferred to: University of Southern California - USC

Quote: “Base 11 has empowered me to pursue higher education in Computer Science beyond a 2-year community college degree.”

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Iliana Douraghi

2017

College: Grossmont College

Program: USC CompSci

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Robert Alsobrook

2017

College: Grossmont College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program at UCI

Quote: “I’m already a small business owner, but the Base 11 program allowed me to expand my business and file patents for my innovation.” “My commute to get to the program was about 4 hours round trip, and every minute of the drive was worth it.”

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Hugo Villafana

2015 2016

College: Orange Coast College

Program: Caltech - AMP USC RPL

Transferred to: University of Southern California - USC

Quote: “This experience helped me confirm that I’m on the right track, and I am definitely doing my passion. This experience motivated me more to want to get my master’s degree and a Ph.D. related to propulsion.”

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Gabriella Dean

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: UC Santa Barbara

Quote: “If you want to specialize, you can come here and get introduced to different specializations. This gave me the bigger picture.”

Juan Moises Villalobos

2017

College: Santa Ana College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program at UCI UCI ASEA

Transferred to: Cal State Fullerton

Quote: “The most important thing I learned this experience is been able to develop own business plan and sales pitch.” “From the academic year round program it was getting hand on experience.”

Jason Dial

2017

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: "The exposure to world-class graduate level research has convinced me that I would like to pursue that as more than just a practicality. As a physics major, a graduate degree is an obvious benefit, but now the path itself is something I have much more direct interest in, instead of just the destination afterward."

Tiffany Streitenberger

2017

College: Cañada College

Program: USC CompSci

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Francisco Gomez

2016

College: East LA College

Program: USC AME

Transferred to: University of California, Irvine - UCI

Quote: “The program sparked my curiosity for research. It’s more plausible now for me to go to grad school.”

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Alfonso Mares

2017

College: Pasadena College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “This is a great opportunity to network, make friends, and meet mentors.”

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EDWARD DIEP

2017

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “Doing this program has been an exploration for me. I’m getting things that I can apply to any discipline.”

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“Base 11 has empowered me to pursue higher education in Computer Science beyond a 2-year community college degree.” - Paul Grad III

Alina Rai

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “I’ve never been this independent before…. Here at Caltech, I’m given that opportunity to think, process, and progress on my own. I’ve felt more empowered as a woman in a STEM field….”

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Sebastian Rodriguez

2016

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Irvine - UCI

Quote: “The most important thing I’ve learned in this program is perseverance… it takes a lot of perseverance to be a researcher”

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Bryan Num

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Quote: “I’ve been exposed to an actual working environment, outside of a classroom. Something you can’t get from schooling. “

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Brooke Healey

2017

College: Irvine Valley College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Philip chan

2016

College: East LA College

Program: USC AME

Transferred to: University of California, Riverside

Quote: “I strongly believe everything I learned over the summer such as technical skills, teamwork and soft skills allowed me to be more prepare to be successful at UCR.”

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Nicholas Mejia

2015

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “The hands on experimentation was fun, interesting, and gratifying. As I worked more with Base 11 I realized more and more that they really want to try to help STEM students and were dedicated to doing so.”

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Thong Vo

2016

College: Grossmont College

Program: UCI UAS

Transferred to: University of California, Berkeley

Quote: “Thanks to this experience, I feel more confident and prepared for pursuing my bachelor’s degree at a four-year university, as well as going further.”

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Alex Hercules
Alex Hercules

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: UCI UAS

Quote: “It definitely changes you…. I learned a lot about myself and how I work in a group, and how I work with a team.”

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Fakhirah Khairuddin

2016

College: Orange Coast College

Program: UCI UAS

Transferred to: University of California, San Diego

Quote: “Engineering is mostly based on experience, not books. We built this [drone] by 80% experience and 20% book. The experiences of flying something we built is unforgettable.”

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Salwan Alhani

2015

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Los Angeles

Quote: “There are many, many rewarding aspects.”

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Hector Ochoa

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “When I arrived at Caltech the feeling I got from walking around the school was as if I was dreaming. It was surreal ….”

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Daniel Powers

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “[My parents] are happy that I’m applying myself to accomplishing something important that I find personally rewarding.”

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“Thanks to this experience, I feel more confident and prepared for pursuing my bachelor’s degree at a four-year university" Thong Vo

Robert O’Leary

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: San Francisco State University

Quote: "Bryan and I came here not knowing a thing about engines, and based off this assignment, learned a lot and developed a tremendous amount as engineers.”

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Huda and Will Base 11 Fellows
Huda Sedaki

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: UCI UAS

Transferred to: Wayne State

Quote: “This internship really enriched my resume …. This was a positive experience, to be a woman in an engineering internship.”

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Eduardo Jáuregui Gutierrez

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program at Skyline

Quote: “What I liked most about the class is definitely how dynamic and participatory it is. We all have different points of view, either from our experiences, background or theories, and this makes the class more interesting.”

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Huda and Will Base 11 Fellows
Will O’Connell

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: UCI UAS

Quote: “Now that I’ve built the quadcopter, I have a better idea how to find and approach problems I want to solve.”

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