First Americans’ Pathway to STEM Success (FAPSS)
Mission Statement: To promote and increase American Indian students’ enrollment, retention, and graduation from STEM disciplines.
The importance of American Indian 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, and our students will be allowed to participate in STEM-related symposiums and conferences that will enable them to meet faculty and students at four-year institutions. Such opportunities will allow students to learn about undergraduate STEM programs, admission requirements, financial aid/scholarships, and student research opportunities.
- Success Coaches
- Project Leadership
Associate in Science Associate in Science, AS
Electrical Systems Technology Electrical Systems Technology, AAS Electrical Systems Technology, Diploma
Industrial Systems Technology Industrial Systems Technology, AAS Industrial Systems Technology, Diploma
Information Technology Cyber Security and Network Management Information Technology Cyber Security Certificate Information Technology Cyber Security and Network Management, AAS
Information Technology Simulation and Game Development and Network Management Information Technology Simulation and Game Development and Network Management, AAS
Mechatronics Engineering Technology Mechatronics Engineering Technology, AAS Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Certificate
- Improve retention persistency and degree completion by engaging students in career awareness and exploration activities.
- Provide Academic and 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 Robeson Community College’s early alert system (AVISO)
- Consult with students relative to needs for mentoring, advising, registration, paying for college, and other concerns 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 Academic Success Center.
- Provide academic reinforcement with one-on-one tutors and mentors.
- Meet the Coaches
STEM Success Coach | Building – 14 Room 1411B
Phone: (910) 272-3451
- 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 our STEM Like A Girl Speaker Series.
- Enjoy and participate in cultural events and more!
Dr. Oxendine, Melissa
Director of Instructional Support and Distance Learning | Building – 14
STEM Success Project Coordinator | Building – 14 Room 1411B