The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Nassau Community College (NCC) aims to increase and support the number of economically disadvantaged or historically underrepresented minority students pursuing postsecondary degrees and professional licensure through programs in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields, and the licensed professions at NCC. Underrepresented minorities serve a vital role in these fields and professions because their innovative perspectives in research and academia, diversity of languages spoken, and ability to relate both on a cultural and socioeconomic level to clients and consumers.
CSTEP is funded by the New York State Education Department and administered through the Center for Excellence and Innovation (CEI) at Nassau Community College (NCC). Established at NCC in 2020, CSTEP continues to build upon the dedication of NCC in educating students in STEM and preparing them for a career market where such knowledge is in high demand.
CSTEP achieves success through collaborative partnerships with staff, faculty, administrators, community stakeholders and other higher education partnerships. CSTEP at NCC provides:
If you do not identify as a member of a historically underrepresented minority group, documentation confirming economically disadvantaged status is required. Acceptable documentation includes: a copy of the student’s FAFSA and/or a signed copy of all applicable and most recent tax returns (IRS form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ or 4506).
The following are New York State Education Department CSTEP Income Eligibility Criteria.
Students must complete an application prior to participation in the project. Students may not receive services or participate in activities if a signed application and required documentation are not available. The project is also required to obtain previous and current transcripts for each student on file for the duration of their participation in the project.