The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) was established in 1985 by the NYS Legislature to prepare historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for entry into post-secondary degree programs in math, science, technology, health-related fields, and licensed professions. Since 1994, Union College has been awarded the STEP grant by the NYS Department of Education (NYSED) to establish collaborative relationships with local schools. By participating in Union College STEP, local students partner with Union College faculty and students to receive high-quality STEM instruction.
All STEP services and resources are offered at no cost to participants. For more information please email STEP@union.edu.
- Academic Tutoring and Mentoring
- SAT/ ACT Prep
- STEM and Healthcare Profession Workshops
- Field Trips and College Visits
- Research Opportunities
- Summer Programming
Summer STEP 2021 enrollment is now closed. The program is full.
Academic Year 2021-2022 Application
Applications for Academic Year STEP are accepted on a rolling basis. Students admitted into Summer STEP 2021 are automatically enrolled in the Academic Year Program and do not need to re-apply.
To enroll in STEP, students must:
- Be a New York State resident
- Be entering Grades 7-12
- Be a member of a historically underrepresented group (as defined by NYSED): African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic or Native American/Alaskan Native OR if you are not a member of one of these groups, you may qualify based on economic need: please see the NSYED Income Eligibility Criteria
- Show a demonstrated interest in math and/or science (as indicated in the application personal statement)
Summer STEP offers students a one-week learning opportunity through classroom instruction, educational field trips and mentoring by Union College students. Students attend workshops presented by Union College faculty and local professionals on a variety of STEM topics.
2021 Summer STEP will be in-person on the Union College Campus from 9am to 3pm.
Monday July 26th - Friday July 30th
- Students entering grades 7-9
Monday August 2nd - Friday August 6th
- Students entering grades 10-12
Academic Year STEP
Union College faculty and local professionals offer a variety of STEM workshops and field trips to students during the academic year. Typically, three to five events are scheduled each college trimester. During the week, students can receive individual tutoring sessions or attend weekly SAT and ACT prep classes.
Summer STEP 2021 - see information above
Request a Tutor
*Tutoring will resume in Fall 2021.
Get one to one support in any subject(s) you need. We will do our best to match you with a good-fit tutor to help you with homework completion, test preparation and study skills development.
Please note that tutors are not guaranteed. Tutors are assigned based on the availability of college student mentors and volunteers.
Enrolled STEP students in grades 7-12 can request a tutor here: Tutoring Request Form
SAT and ACT Classes
*SAT and ACT classes will resume in Fall 2021.
Review and prepare for the SAT and ACT exams in a small-group setting with a college student mentor.
Enrolled STEP sophomores and juniors can register here: SAT/ACT Class Sign-up Form
Kevin Trigonis; Director of STEP
Kevin Trigonis was named Director of STEP in March of 2021 and has been a part of the Union College Community since 2018. Prior to being involved with STEP he worked with and mentored students in high school and higher education, coaching collegiate athletics. Kevin has worked at multiple colleges and universities within the Northeast and Midwest. He and his family reside in Round Lake.
B.S., St. Lawrence University; M.S., Castleton University
Lydie Kengne; Assistant director of STEP
Lydie Kengne was named STEP Assistant Director in April of 2021. She is a graduate of Siena College where she obtained her B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Community Development. She is also a recent SUNY Albany graduate where she earned her Master’s in Educational Policy and Leadership. Lydie has a strong background of serving those who are economically and educationally disadvantaged through educational programs. Lydie was a Bonner Service Leader student at Siena College where she developed a pilot after school program for middle school students. She spent the last four years developing her skills as an educational leader by assisting under-served population at Hudson Valley Community College Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) where she wore many hats in the Enrollment Management Services. Lydie is passionate about making a difference and changing lives through education and community development. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling back home to Cameroon to visit her beloved extended family and do charity work.
Academic Credentials: B.S., Siena College; M.S., SUNY Albany
Phone: (518) 388-6943