ACC Student Selected for NCAS Program

LITTLETON, CO (September 15, 2016)

tasha-2.jpg.jpegArapahoe Community College student Tasha Estein has been selected to attend the second phase of NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program (NCAS) on location at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) from Oct. 24-27, 2016.
 
Top-scoring scholars from the first phase of the program, a five-week online course which investigates current NASA initiatives, are eligible for merit-based selection into phase two.  Estein and her phase-one NCAS classmates examined Mars – and the steps that NASA is currently taking to pursue manned missions to the red planet in the future – as part of their curriculum in phase one earlier this year.
 
Phase two will be inclusive of classes, projects, experiments, and resume building for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.  Only half of the students who enroll in the first phase of the NCAS program advance into NASA’s all-expenses-paid second phase.
 
Estein, who graduated from high school in 2009, worked as a martial arts instructor prior to enrolling at ACC in the fall of 2015.  She currently serves as the President of ACC’s Student Government.  Estein plans to graduate from ACC with her Associate of Science degree in May 2018 and hopes to gain admission into the Eli Whitney Students Program for non-traditional students at Yale College to pursue her bachelor’s degree.