THE BRONX - A program in the borough is trying to help minorities get ahead of the job market.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a statewide program geared toward addressing the scarcity of African-Americans and Latinos in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Experts say only 6 percent of minorities in New York dive into those fields.

Educators say minorities will be left out of the progressive job market if they don't grab a hold of STEM jobs, but high dropout rates present an obstacle in achieving them. CSTEP director Michael Molina says the program and its high school affiliate STEP assist with everything from counselors to internships.

Directors say they're already selecting applicants for their summer program.