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Jefferson Awarded CSTEP Grant to Help Students in STEM and Health Related Programs

Jefferson Community College (JCC) was awarded a four-year Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) grant from the New York State Department of Education in September. The purpose of CSTEP is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who enroll in and complete undergraduate or graduate programs leading to professional licensure or to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health related fields. These include JCC curriculums that are focused in engineering, human services, computer science and information technology, math and the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, paramedic, social workers, and mental health professionals.

The Jefferson CSTEP program will serve 100 students per year from this group of students that are looking to pursue a career in one of these fields and meet the income eligibility requirements or represent the underserved population. Eligible students will be paired with a faculty mentor, receive additional academic supports, and participate in supported research and internship experiences.

The program will be administered on campus by Genny E. Pond, Professor in Engineering Science. Professor Pond noted “Jefferson’s robust programs have been afforded a special opportunity to increase access and minimize barriers for many students. We know academic support and mentorship works, and we are looking forward to implementing these best practices for our JCC community.”

CSTEP has been a proven success in the New York State Higher Education system, over 70% of CSTEP students matriculate in STEM and health related careers and graduate at a higher rate than peers. Over 5,500 students participate in NYS CSTEP each year.

Interested students, current or future, should contact Genny Pond at (315) 786-2388 or the Admissions Office at (315) 786-6567.