Five high school students in the School of Education‘s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) recently took part in Albany Medical College’s MedQuest Camp, a week-long educational experience that exposes students to careers in health care.
Through interactive workshops and hands-on activities, students learned more about careers in respiratory care, cardiovascular perfusion, radiation therapy and physical therapy, medical research, pharmacy and nursing. Along with hands-on projects, including being trained in CPR and casting, students meet with health care professionals, pharmacists, surgeons and nurses.
Funded by the State Education Department, the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) has operated on the SUNY New Paltz campus for more than 24 years. The program’s mission focuses on the enhancement of the math, science and technology skills of minority and low-income students from local high schools. Ultimately, its goal is to encourage these participating students to continue their education after graduation in the fields of mathematics, science, technology and/or licensed professions where minorities are traditionally underrepresented. The STEP program challenges students’ existing skills, develops new ones and provides motivation and practical assistance to participants in setting and meeting their educational goals.