students working at computer in the step lab

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

The MVCC Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is jointly sponsored by the College and the New York State Education Department. STEP serves to encourage qualified high school students to consider careers in STEM fields and licensed professions. Programming includes peer mentoring, tutoring, standardized test preparation, college visits, workshops, and educational field trips — activities centered on fostering student success in high school and beyond.

About STEP

STEP is a New York State Department of Education grant-funded enrichment initiative designed:

  • To foster academic excellence.
  • To nurture students' preparation for college.
  • To cultivate student independence.
  • To enhance students' college experience.
  • To increase awareness and opportunities for historically underrepresented, economically disadvantaged youth in math, science, technology, and health-related fields.
  • For those seeking professional licensure.
  • For those in pre-professional or professional undergraduate study.

STEP students will:

  • Be open to new experiences in regard to their future opportunities in college and in math, science, health, technology and licensed professions.
  • Participate in internships, job shadowing, weekly tutorial services, research projects for poster presentations, monthly professional speaker series, college visits, academic/personal/career advisement, counseling, and workshops and seminars.


To be eligible, students must:

  • Be members of historically underrepresented populations, such as African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan, or economically disadvantaged.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent New York State resident.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Contact us to learn more

Cymil Hamilton, STEP Coordinator
Alumni College Center 204, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5529