The $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department was awarded to the College in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) on campus. SUNY Canton joins 48 other colleges and universities throughout New York State that have the program as an additional resource for students.
“CSTEP’s success has been proven since its inception 25 years ago as students involved with the program have gone on to be highly successful in their career paths of choice,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We look forward to seeing our students continue to excel in the classroom while increasing their networking and career-advancement opportunities through this program.”
CSTEP is a scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically-disadvantaged students for careers in scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical, health-related and licenses professions. The program emphasizes academic preparation and achievement as well as career awareness. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the College, and a New York State resident.
The program is free for students since costs are covered by the Education Department and SUNY Canton. Students in the program must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, meet with a CSTEP administrative member monthly, and attend and participate in at least one CSTEP or related event per semester.
“Having CSTEP will not only allow these students to be more successful, but it will also make SUNY Canton more successful,” said Stacia R. Dutton, program director. “When we invite speakers and presenters to campus, other students not involved with the program will be able to take advantage of those opportunities.”
Dutton is in the process of meeting with interested students who will begin their work with CSTEP at the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester. The program only has 75 slots available.
“There are so many benefits to being a part of this program and I think we’ll have a lot of students interesting in working with us,” she said. “The grant helps us fund trips for students to do tours of businesses, attend conferences across the state, hold and host workshops, use money to buy laptops, eBooks and textbooks. We’ll be able to offer stipends for internships and research opportunities as well as hire them as tutors here on campus.”
The grant will also cover the costs of licensing fees, graduate school exam preparation costs and admission application fees.
Dutton noted another goal is to build a community among the students through a variety of social activities.
“We’ll be taking part in a symposium in February that includes all CSTEP students from the Associated Colleges, and that will be a great way for our students to continue to network,” she said.
For more information, contact Dutton at 315-379-3804 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of interest can also be sent to Stacia R. Dutton, CSTEP Director, 34 Cornell Dr., Nevaldine North 105, Canton, N.Y. 13617.
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