Health Career Enrichment and Pipeline Programs

Science Training and Enrichment Program (STEP)

Science Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) is designed to provide academic enrichment in math, science, and critical thinking for disadvantaged/underserved (economically, academically disadvantaged) students. It is a Saturday Institute which serves disadvantaged students in grades 6-8. STEP encourages students to be academically successful and increases their awareness of health careers. STEP meets one Saturday each month during the school year.

Past sessions

  • 2009-10 - Human heart, using a curriculum developed by the Association of Black Cardiologists.
  • 2010-11 - Human kidney. We partnered with the Mississippi Kidney Foundation.
  • 2011-12 - "The Brilliant Brain"
  • 2012-13 - "The Digestive System: Getting to the Bottom of It." We partnered with the city of Jackson's Youth Initiative and the Governor's focus on battling obesity in Mississippi.
  • 2013-14 - Pulmonary system. We partnered with the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition to also emphasize neccessity of smoking cessation.
  • 2014-15 - Integumentary system
  • 2015-16 - HIV/AIDS, which emphasized the genesis, contraction and treatment of HIV
  • 2016-17 - "What You Don't Know About the Reproductive System."

 

 

Application instructions

  • Complete the Pipeline Program Application.
  • After creating a log-in, choose HCR from the dropdown menu. STEP will pull up in the information box.
  • Parent's consent is required.
  • School counselors must complete required information.
  • Complete the application no later than Aug. 31

For more information

  • Dr. Gaarmel Funches
    Director, Community Education and Outreach
    Office of Health Careers Opportunity
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    (601)984-1336