Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. recently awarded a major grant to the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) at York College. The program’s mission is to increase the participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented youth in grades 2-9 from Queens County, New York in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The grant from Consolidated Edison will not only support the current program but it also will ensure the expansion of two new first grade classes starting this fall. “We are very proud of our SEMAA program and the good work that it does and the achievements that it fosters,” said York College President Marcia V. Keizs. “Not only does it inspire these young people to dream big dreams it also grounds them with hands-on experiences throughout the academic year.”
Since 1999, SEMAA at York College has served nearly 10,000 underserved children in formal National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) SEMAA classes from over 50 schools in New York’s Sixth Congressional District. Of the students attending SEMAA classes, over 21% live below the poverty level (the average in Queens is 15%), approximately 55% are African American, 10% are Hispanic and 25% are Asian. Classes are offered on eight Saturdays during each academic semester and in three full week sessions during the summer. The site at York College has received excellent annual reviews from NASA, and has been cited for its diversity, cost efficiency, and family participation. For more information abut SEMAA, go to www.york.cuny.edu/semaa.
“Con Edison understands the value of providing students a solid education in science and technology through active exploration and hands on experience, “said Carol Conslato, director, Con Edison Public Affairs. “This partnership with York College provides career paths for the students that they may have never thought about.”