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

Hugo Villafana

2015 2016

College: Orange Coast College

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

Paul Grad III

2015 2016

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech 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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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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Sebastian Rodriguez

2016

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech

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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Alina Rai

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech

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

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

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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Salwan Alhani

2015

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech

Transferred to: University of California, Los Angeles

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

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Hector Ochoa in the lab
Hector Ochoa

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: Caltech

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

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

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Robert O’Leary

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: NASM

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
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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