Students and faculty members who make up OCC’s STEM Scholars program met during College Hour on the first day of classes. The meeting was coordinated by Associate Professor of Biology Maryann Page who oversees the STEM Scholars program.
The program is an entry point for students interested in pursuing a career within a growing industry. New York State ranks 3rd in the nation for projected growth in STEM jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 477,000 STEM-related jobs will be available in New York by 2018.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Onondaga offers nine different STEM degree programs:
- Computer Forensic Science
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Engineering Science
- Environmental Technology
- Math and Science Liberal Arts
- Mechanical Technology
- Nuclear Technology
Students selected to be STEM Scholars at OCC receive a scholarship renewable each semester provided they maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and continue full-time progress toward their associate degree.
In 2013 the College’s STEM Scholars program received a grant totaling nearly $600,000 from the National Science Foundation, ensuring students in specific programs will have both merit and need-based funding into the foreseeable future. The first scholarships were awarded in 2014. Selected STEM scholars 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.