Our Mission and Goals
The mission of CSTEP is to recruit and retain students from historically underrepresented minorities (of African, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaskan Native descents) or economically disadvantaged (based on criteria established by New York State) pursuing professional education programs of study leading to professional licensure and careers in STEM fields to ensure completion of their degrees.
1. Enhance professional readiness of students
2. Increase participation in free winter and summer tuition initiatives
3. Enhance collaboration through professional development
The purpose of the CSTEP Program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs of study that lead to professional licensure and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or health-related fields. Individuals historically underrepresented in the STEM fields or health-related and licensed professions are Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native students who demonstrate interest in, and potential for, a CSTEP-targeted profession.
What do members gain from CSTEP?
- Access to helpful staff on campus
- Personalized Academic Advisement
- Socioemotional support
- Priority class enrollment every semester
- Occasional metrocards to improve your access to campus
- A stipend to support you in financial challenges
- Assistance with Internship and Research placement
- Admission to networking events
- Leadership opportunities
- Invitations to academic related trips
- Eligibility to special conferences
- Assistance with textbooks, study materials, graphing calculators
- Personal and career enrichment workshops
- Regular meetings where you can make new friends
- T-Shirts, lab coats, sweaters
Who is eligible to apply to the CSTEP Program?
Any QCC students with the following criteria is encouraged to apply.
From an underrepresented group (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino or Alaskan Native)
Enrolled at QCC as a matriculated Full-Time (12 regular or equated credits or more) every participating semester
A New York State Resident able to prove residency for the past 12 months.
With a valid DMV ID (Driver's license or non-drivers ID)
Able to maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.7 or higher (Not required for freshman)
Able to commit and participate to CSTEP activities
Motivated towards achieving their academic goals
What majors are accepted by the CSTEP Program?
CSTEP accepts students enrolled in the following curricula:
- Accounting for Forensic Accounting
- Architectural Technology
- Childhood Education
- Computer Engineering Technology
- Computer information systems
- Computer Science and Information Security
- Electronic Engineering Technology
- Engineering Science
- Environmental Science
- Forensic Science
- Health Sciences
- Internet and Information Technology
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Massage Therapy
- Mathematics and Sciences
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Public Health
- Telecommunications Technology
What does CSTEP expect from its students?
Commit to your own success
Seek opportunities and resources
Transform your dreams into accomplishments
Empower yourself through enrichment
Push yourself beyond your challenges
Who are the CSTEP Staff members?
Ms. Marie-Francesca Berrouet, Director
Ms. Mesila Petreli, Full-Time Office Coordinator
Ms. Sharone Bartolomeo, Part-Time Office Assistant
Mr. Stephen Politis, Part-Time Office Assistant