ECC is one of two New Jersey community colleges, among six nationally, participating in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s newest education initiatives under National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program. This initiative is for under-represented and minority students interested in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors in community colleges. Students participate in a five-week online course, including discussions about the mission and vision of NASA, live video chats with NASA experts; and designing rovers that mimic conditions in Mars using lego cubes. Students completing the program spend four days that include networking with NASA scientists and engineers, building the future mars Rover, and developing presentations for competitive showcases to a panel of judges. Graduates have the opportunity to work with top scientists at NASA, obtain undergraduate NASA internships and scholarships, and secure careers in NASA SPACE Centers.