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Le Moyne Awarded Two Grants from New York Department of Education for STEP and CSTEP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College has received two awards totaling nearly $300,000 from the New York State Department of Education: a renewal award for the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and a new award to establish the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP).

The CSTEP award marks the first time that Le Moyne has received funding for that program. Both programs will be operational for four years at Le Moyne, pending New York state budget appropriations)

“We’re honored and thrilled to receive these funds because of the services they will provide for students on the Le Moyne campus and for students throughout Onondaga County,” said Martha Ramsey, director of Le Moyne’s STEP program, who played a lead role in securing the funding for both programs. “STEP has a long history of success at Le Moyne, and we are committed to ensuring that CSTEP will achieve the same level of success at the college level.”

The Le Moyne College STEP program, which has been operating at Le Moyne since 1987, is one of 51 such programs in New York state. Currently serving 80 students at Nottingham and Henninger high schools, the program is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Education, Le Moyne College and the Syracuse City School District. STEP prepares historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for college, and careers in math, science, technology and the health-related or licensed professions. The STEP program includes high school and college admissions counseling, standardized test preparation, tutoring, internships, Regents exam preparation and career awareness/development activities. Over the next four years, Le Moyne STEP plans to expand to provide services to students in grades 7-12 throughout Onondaga County.

Over 50 colleges and universities in New York State currently participate in the CSTEP program, which is dedicated to increasing the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in mathematics, science, technology, the health-related fields and the licensed professions. CSTEP programs involve students in summer and academic year components including extensive academic support and enrichment, supervised training in research methods, internships and graduate and professional school admissions counseling.

For more information on the STEP and CSTEP programs at Le Moyne College, call (315) 445-4654.

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posted on: 7/5/2011