Who we are
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) provides academic advising, career counseling, financial support, and paid internship opportunities to ethnically underrepresented, economically disadvantaged college students pursing a career in science, technology, math, or engineering.
CSTEP students agree to engage in some form of internship, field work, or research prior to graduation. Plus, those who transfer to four-year colleges serve as alumni mentors for new OCC CSTEP students.
CSTEP applicants must:
- Be a New York state resident (of at least one year)
- Be historically underrepresented - African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American OR economically disadvantaged by New York State standards (see the first page of the application for details)
- Intend to pursue a major/career in science, technology, engineering or science fields and/or a licensed profession (nursing, criminal justice, human services, business administration, computer science, etc.)
- Be a full-time OCC student (12 or more credit hours)
- Have an overall high school average of 78 or above, as verified by a high school transcript, or a college GPA above 2.3.