Space Grant Program Takes Flight

OCC's NASA New York Space Grant College Partnership Program participants are (1st row left to right): Shawn LaPointe, Engineering Science major, West Genesee; Alex Pompo, Engineering Science major, West Genesee; Corey Raaflaub, Mechanical Engineering major, West Genesee; (second row left to right): Betheny Witherell, Mathematics & Science major, Mexico; Jevar Carter, Engineering Science major, Corcoran; Sarah Pascall, Computer Information Systems major, Syracuse; (third row left to right): Malik Warden, Engineering Science major, Corcoran; Anthony Massicci, Computer Science major, St. Joseph’s HS in Metuchen, NJ; Lenoi Carter, Engineering Science major, Manchester HS in Jamaica.

OCC’s NASA New York Space Grant College Partnership Program participants are (1st row left to right) Shawn LaPointe, Alex Pompo and Corey Raaflaub; (second row left to right) Betheny Witherell, Jevar Carter and Sarah Pascall; (third row left to right) Malik Warden, Anthony Massicci and Lenoi Carter.

An out-of-this-world opportunity has landed on the OCC campus. Nine students have been selected to be part of NASA’s New York Space Grant program during the spring 2016 semester.

The students will receive sizeable scholarships and take a “Methods of Scientific Research” course. During the summer they will be paired with mentors while completing paid internships. Only 24 students in all of New York State were chosen to participate, more than one-third are OCC students.

Professor Fred Jaquin who is Chair of the Chemistry and Physical Science department will teach the course. “Our involvement is a tremendous achievement both for our students and our College,” said Jaquin. “It’s a testament to the outstanding work being done here.”

The goal of the NASA New York Space Grant program is to increase the number of community college and technical school students completing degrees and/or transferring to four-year colleges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

OCC’s participants are:

  • Jevar Carter, Engineering Science major, Corcoran HS
  • Lenoi Carter, Engineering Science major, Manchester HS in Jamaica
  • Shawn LaPointe, Engineering Science major, West Genesee HS
  • Anthony Massicci, Computer Science major, St. Joseph’s HS in Metuchen, NJ
  • Sarah Pascall, Computer Information Systems major, Syracuse
  • Alex Pompo, Engineering Science major, West Genesee HS
  • Corey Raaflaub, Mechanical Engineering major, West Genesee HS
  • Malik Warden, Engineering Science major, Corcoran HS
  • Betheny Witherell, Mathematics & Science major, Mexico HS

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