First Americans’ Pathway to STEM Success (FAPSS)
Mission Statement: To promote and increase American Indians students’ enrollment, retention, and graduation from STEM disciplines.
The importance of AI culture and celebration is very sacred to southeastern North Carolina American Indians. It is an intricate part of everyday life, and it must have relevance and recognition, especially as it relates to education. The project will provide resources for students to attend cultural and academic events at other regional institutions. Students will be allowed to participate in STEM-related symposiums and conferences that will enable them to meet faculty and students at four-year schools and universities. Such opportunities will allow students to learn about undergraduate STEM programs, admission requirements, financial aid/scholarship, and student research opportunities.
- Improve retention persistence and completion by engaging students in career awareness and exploration activities.
- Provide Academic & Career workshops to American Indian STEM Students.
- Increase exposure to STEM related careers and opportunities.
Maintain campus cultural events, university tours and student STEM-related conferences.
- Monitor American Indian STEM students’ progress via the College’s early alert system.
- Consult with students relative to needs for tutoring, advising, registration, financial aid or other issues that could impede academic success.
- Serve as resources to connect students with campus resources, such as the Food Pantry, The Career Closet, Disability Services, or The Learning Center (TLC).
- Provide academic reinforcement with one-on-one tutors & mentors.
- Join American Indian Science and Engineering Society Chapter (AISES) on campus.
- Be a part of Native American Student Organization (NASO).
- Listen and learn from female STEM Professionals through a Speaker Series.
- Enjoy and participate in cultural events.