Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)/Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP)

STEP and C-STEP help increase the enrollment and retention of underrepresented high school (STEP) and college (C-STEP) students programs that lead to professional licensure and employment in scientific, technical, or health-related fields. STEP and C-STEP provide many academic support services to students in the programs, including standardized test preparation, math and science enrichment, tutoring in foundation courses, financial assistance for college applications, and career guidance. For more information on STEP click here and C-STEP click here.

KEY POINTS

  • There are currently 52 STEP programs, of which 24 are at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.
  • There are currently 37 C-STEP programs, of which 13 are at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.
  • Though one-fourth of the US workforce is Black or Hispanic, only 14% of this population is employed in STEM careers.
  • Seven of the top ten fastest-growing occupations, 2008-2018, are in STEM fields and require a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • STEP and C-STEP together have served more than 222,000 students since their creation.
  • Compared to their peers, STEP students are more likely to graduate, enroll in college, and choose a major in the STEM fields. In program year 2009-10, 97% of STEP students graduated, 96% of these graduates enrolled in college, and 70% of those enrolled chose majors in STEM fields.
  • Over 70% of C-STEP graduates pursue professional degree programs of study in STEM and C-STEP targeted fields.

BUDGET

2017-18: $27.79 million

2016-17: $27.79 million

2015-16: $23.16 million

2014-15: $20.13 million