Robeson Community College

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.

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology   Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration, AAS   Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration, Diploma

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 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 Diploma

  • 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

Hunt, Tiffany

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 Room 1423B
STEM Success Project Director
Phone: (910) 272-3441

Locklear, Megan

STEM Success Project Coordinator | Building – 14 Room 1411B
Phone: (910) 272-3459