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Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)


Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at Suffolk County Community College is offered to students in 7th through 12th grades in selected school districts.

STEP is designed to motivate and prepare financially disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students for careers in science, technology and mathematics-related disciplines, along with licensed professions such as nursing and accountancy. Academic activities that encourage critical thinking, along with intensive instruction in mathematics, science and computer science, are teamed with support services such as counseling and tutoring. This provides a nurturing environment which builds self-esteem as it prepares minority and disadvantaged students for entry into STEM and licensed professions.

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a special program funded by the New York State Education Department. 


16 Saturday enrichment sessions at Suffolk County Community College:

  • Science and science research (biology, Genomics/microbiology, physics, earth science, engineering, robotics, nursing/allied health)
  • Math
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Computer applications
  • Career awareness
  • Research program
  • School-based "club" meetings
  • Parents' Advocacy Group

Program Eligibility

Students accepted into the program must meet the guidelines of NYSED, and will include those who have been identified as underrepresented minorities (African-American, Latino, Hispanic-American and Native-American) and/or financially disadvantaged students in grades 7-12.

Participating School Districts

Brentwood, Central Islip, Patchogue-Medford, Longwood, Riverhead and South Country.

More Information

For further information, please call the STEP office at (631) 451-4402.