Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP )

Dutchess Community College
Poughkeepsie, NY.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Test Preparation


Welcome to Dutchess Community College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, better known as CSTEP. Founded in 1987, DCC’s CSTEP serves the campus as a invaluable student resource, guiding students to greater academic success through tutoring and academic guidance.

In 1986, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was authorized by the New York State Legislature to increase the enrollment and retention of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students in programs leading to professional licensure or to employment in scientific, technical, and health-related careers. Through a competitive proposal process, CSTEP grants are awarded to postsecondary institutions with registered science, technical, or health-related programs, and/or programs leading to professional licensure that will provide program students with research opportunities and career-related internships, academic and career counseling, and enriched academic course work.


  1. Be a Full-Time student (12 or more credit hours).
  2. Be matriculated in one of the following curricula:

    • Accounting (ACC)
    • Business Admin. Transfer (BAT)
    • Child Care (CHC)
    • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
    • Computer Science (CPS)
    • Criminal Justice (CRJ)
    • Electrical Technology (ELT)
    • Engineering Science (ENR)
    • Liberal Arts-Humanities (LAH)*
    • Liberal Arts-Math (LAM)
    • Liberal Arts-Science (LAX)
    • Liberal Arts-Education (EDB, EDX, EDS, EDE***, EDC***)
    • Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)
    • Mental Health Assistant (CMH)
    • Nursing (NUR)
    • Exercise Science & Wellness (ESW)**

    * – If expressed career goal is in law, social work, or psychology
    ** – If career goal is medicine or Licensed Atheletic Trainer.
    *** – With science or math concentration

  3. Fit one of the following criteria:
  4. A. Be a member of what is considered to be a historically underrepresented minority in the sciences and technologies (Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native).


    B. Qualify as economically disadvantaged based on family income and family size as defined by the State of New York.


More Information

Cynthia Worrad
Program Coordinator
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone (845) 431-8089