NY State "Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)" Comes to Rockland Campus

Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, dean of the Nyack College Division of Student Success, spearheaded an initiative to cultivate the interest of high school and middle school students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) fields and brought the program to the Nyack Rockland campus this year. An introduction to the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at Nyack funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was launched in spring 2017 to acquaint students with the various STEM fields. A program of science and technology classes was also held in the summer.

Rockland County students from Nyack High, Ramapo High and Spring Valley High participated. Middle school students from Kakiat Elementary, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, Eldorado Elementary, Elmwood Elementary, Sacred Heart, Felix Festa Middle School, Highview Elementary, Bardonia Elementary and A. MacArthur Barr Middle School participated. Instructors were from the Nyack College faculty as well as professionals from outside companies. Both on-campus activities and off-site field trips are a part of the program. Busing is provided to the campus from the various high schools. Parents have the option of transporting their children.