STEP Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can a student become a part of the STEP Program?
The STEP Program is open to African American, Hispanic, and Native American students from Glen Cove or Wyandanch High Schools, who are interested in STEP career fields, as well as any student who can demonstrate economic disadvantage.  See section on “Who is Eligible” for further details.

2. When does the program take place?
The STEP program occurs both during and after school.  Field trips, workshops, and speakers are scheduled throughout the year.  During the February winter break, STEP sponsors the Winter Academy which is a week-long non-residential program at the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

3. How do I apply?
An application, or additional information, is available from STEP Guidance Counselors at Glen Cove and Wyandanch High Schools.

4. How can I participate in STEP?  

  • Winter Academy.  A week-long non-residential program, taking place on the NYIT campus, occurs annually.
  • Science and Technology Fair.  Students can attend the two-day “Long Island Conference on Science, Health and Technology”, held annually at Farmingdale State College.  The conference provides an opportunity to learn about the advances in their respective fields and to present the results of their recent research work in poster sessions.
  • Research.  Students have the opportunity to conduct research and present findings at the Statewide STEP Student Conference.

5. What do I need to know about the Winter Academy?
The Winter Academy is held during the February winter break (Tuesday through Friday) from 9:00am – 4:00 pm.  Students are expected to attend every session of the program.  In the event that a student has to unexpectedly miss a program day, the student will be responsible for contacting a program teacher or director to (1) notify staff, (2) find out what was missed, and (3) determine necessary information for the next program day.

6. Are we expected to attend all STEP sessions?
It is mandatory that ALL students attend every session. If there are anticipated absences (late arrivals) due to emergencies or known schedule conflicts, the Guidance Counselor at the respective high school must be advised in advance. STEP participants who are tardy three times and/or absent twice (without the appropriate notification) may be dismissed from the Program. It is also the expectation of the Guidance Counselor that students will attend ALL scheduled Program events, and continue to demonstrate an attitude that reflects a serious commitment to the Program.

7. What do we do when we cannot attend a STEP session?
Students who cannot attend a STEP session must immediately notify their Guidance Counselor.

8. Can parents participate?
Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in activities, workshops, and the STEP Parent Association.  Recognizing the vital role that parents play in their child’s educational development, all parent activities have a goal of helping parents to support and encourage their child throughout his/her enrollment in the STEP Program.

9. What are professions licensed or certified by the New York State Board of Regents?

  • Acupuncture
  • Animal Health Technology
  • Architecture
  • Athletic Training
  • Audiology
  • Certified Shorthand Reporting
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dietetics-Nutrition
  • Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medicine – Physician
  • Mental Health Practitioner (Creative Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy)
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Accountancy
  • Registered Physician Assistant
  • Registered Professional Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Veterinary Medicine

Other Eligible Professions:

  • Law
  • Any math or science major
  • Teaching if major is math, science or computer science

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