RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. – U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) toured Mercy College’s "Step Up to STEM" summer camp today, a groundbreaking program supporting local low-income high school and college students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This summer’s program focuses on disaster preparedness. Students can work toward certification by the Red Cross in disaster readiness; study how social media can help temper the impact of disasters; and learn the root causes of natural disasters, including extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy.
The camp is free and open to graduating high school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores and students pursuing STEM majors, including psychology. The program has been developed by faculty at Mercy College and Borough of Manhattan Community College.
“Mercy College’s innovative STEM programs are helping prepare today’s students for the needs of tomorrow’s workforce. It is a prime example of institutes of higher learning teaming up with the government and private sector to provide students with the tools to succeed,” said Congresswoman Lowey.
“It is especially exciting to see students in our own backyard studying how we can best predict, prepare for, and respond to future disasters like Superstorm Sandy.”
“The demand for college graduates educated in STEM skills has remained steady and is projected to increase over the next decade,” said Concetta M. Stewart, interim president of Mercy College. "Mercy College is well-positioned to provide a high quality education to academically talented students interested in exciting STEM careers.”
In 2011, Lowey announced a $788,000 federal grant for Mercy College to support the teaching of STEM programs.
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