Students enrolled in OCC’s STEM Scholars program held their first meeting of the semester Friday, August 26. College President Casey Crabill welcomed the students to campus and encouraged each of them to make the most of everything the program offers. “We’re excited to have you on campus and have this opportunity to support you and make sure you have a good start to whatever science or technology field draws you in. We have high expectations for each of you,” said Crabill.
The STEM Scholars 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. OCC offers nine different STEM degree programs including:
- 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.
The College’s STEM Scholars program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation totaling nearly $600,000, ensuring students in specific programs have both merit and need-based funding. 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.
OCC’s STEM Scholars program is coordinated by Associate Professor of Biology Maryann Page.