Okaloosa and Walton Rural Pipeline Programs, commonly known as SSTRIDE© (Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence), are an outreach effort of the FSU College of Medicine coordinated by West Florida AHEC.

The mission of SSTRIDE© is to identify students who have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, healthcare and to give those students the support services important for them to develop the sense of responsibility, focus and motivation necessary for success in their chosen fields.

The program has a college component for college and university students and a pre-college component for middle and high school students. FSU’s pre-college component is open to students from designated Florida middle and high schools in Leon, Gadsden, Madison, Okaloosa, Orange and Walton counties.  West Florida AHEC’s SSTRIDE© Program is in middle and high schools in Walton and Okaloosa counties.

The Middle School SSTRIDE© provides a comprehensive model program of interdisciplinary science education, student development, intervention, enrichment and support that includes:

  • In-school elective science course for middle school students
  • In-school required Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry for 9th & 10th grade students
  • CPR & First-Aid Training
  • Standardized test preparation
  • Annual ACT testing
  • Enrichment and hands-on activities
  • Educational field trips
  • Required community service participation
  • Guest speakers from local medicine and health professions
  • Individualized tutoring and assessment
  • FSU Summer Institute
  • Pensacola State College Summer Simulation Camp 

For more information about West Florida AHEC and our involvement with SSTRIDE©, please contact our Assistant Director, 850.682.2552.