Despite rising demand for workers in technical fields, many students choose not to pursue postsecondary studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These fields also lack
diversity at both higher education institutions and in the workplace, showing that we are not reaping the full benefits of our talent pool.
Opportunity programs like the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) for high school students address the problem of under-representation of minorities in the professions (medicine, engineering, health, etc). STEP is designed for NYS residents in grades 7 through 12 in school districts with 20% or more enrollment of historically underrepresented students. Where as, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program for college students helps to engage historically underrepresented and disadvantaged students in STEM fields and the professions (medicine, dentistry, engineering, physical therapy, etc.)
“Most runaways don’t come to Ivy League institutions and succeed. If I didn’t have the support of C-STEP and HEOP, I don’t know where I would be in life.” - Christopher, a member of his college’s outstanding leaders and chosen as a member of the oldest senior honor society.