NYIT Hosts a Day of Mentoring Funded by TD Charitable Foundation

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Middle and high school students experience a day of college life

The Day of Mentoring is an ideal follow-up to this educational experience, because it will provide the students with the knowledge necessary to navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will host a Day of Mentoring on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at its Old Westbury campus for middle and high school students as part of its Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), in conjunction with TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.

As part of this event, middle and high school students will experience college life for the day. They will meet NYIT students, attend classes, interact with professors, and tour the campus. NYIT’s Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid; School of Engineering and Computing Sciences; College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM); and STEP counselors will also make presentations to the group.

“We’re grateful for the funding granted by the TD Charitable Foundation that will permit 75 middle and high school students to experience college for a day through the eyes and lives of current college students,” said Tom Diener, NYIT STEP coordinator. “It is our hope that the opportunity will provide the participants with valuable career information, as well as long-lasting contacts with NYIT students.”

NYIT STEP and NYCOM STEP are funded by a competitive New York State grant, which was first awarded in 1985. The program’s goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged middle and high school students who are prepared to enter college by improving their participation rates in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields, and the licensed professions. STEP provides academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas and offers courses during the academic year and in the summer. Its components include core subject instruction, regents and standardized exam preparation, supervised practical and research training, college admissions counseling, and career awareness.

“NYCOM STEP students attended a weeklong Winter Academy on campus and at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in February,” said Deborah Heineman, project director for NYCOM STEP. “The Day of Mentoring is an ideal follow-up to this educational experience, because it will provide the students with the knowledge necessary to navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes.”

The Day of Mentoring will begin at the W. Kenneth Riland Academic Health Care Center auditorium at NYIT’s Old Westbury Campus at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m., after a lunch hosted by TD Bank for all participants.

For more information about the Day of Mentoring or STEP, contact Tom Diener at 631.348.3065.

About NYIT
NYIT is the college of choice for more than 15,000 students enrolled in more than 90 specialized courses of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in academic areas such as architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. As a private, nonprofit, independent institution of higher learning, NYIT embraces an educational philosophy of career-oriented professional education for all qualified students and supports applications-oriented research to benefit the greater global community. Students attend classes at NYIT’s campuses in Manhattan and Long Island, as well as online and in a number of programs throughout the world. To date, more than 81,500 alumni have earned degrees at NYIT. For more information, visit http://www.nyit.edu.

About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 15 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made more than $56 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank's community relations departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at http://www.TDBank.com.

Briana Samuels
Communications Specialist


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