Kirstin Amisano is making history at OCC as a member of the College’s first class of STEM Scholars. Amisano built her academic foundation at Baker High School before graduating in 2013. “The classes I was taking in high school were very challenging but there was a lot of help available just like there is at OCC.”
Amisano excelled academically at OCC and was selected to be part of the STEM Scholars program. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is both merit-based and need-based. Students receive scholarships up to $5,000 per semester, and are also supported by peer mentors, faculty mentors, and are encouraged to engage in internship opportunities that will prepare them for their transfer and career choices.
“This program has helped me immensely. It’s taken a lot of financial stress out of my life so I can really concentrate on my school work,” said Amisano. “OCC has been very focused and challenging for me. I love the small class sizes. There are no huge lecture halls here. All of the teachers are very helpful.” Despite Amisano’s challenging course load this semester she is finding time to help others, working as a tutor in the College’s new Learning Center.
Amisano will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Math and Science. She’s planning to transfer to St. John Fisher and continue pursuing a career in the sciences.
Onondaga offers nine different STEM degree programs:
*Computer Forensic Science
*Computer Information Systems
*Electrical Engineering Technology
*Math and Science Liberal Arts