March 7, 2017
Western Technical College Young Achievers Forum Facilitators during parent information session. (left) Joe Payan-Admissions Representative and College Education Liaison, (middle) Helen Garcia-Career Services Director, (right) Victor Sanchez-Admissions Representative and College Education Liaison.
On Saturday, over 1,000 students across the Greater El Paso and Southern New Mexico areas attended the sixth annual Young Achievers Forum (YAF) - an annual event that introduces sixth to eighth grade students about college and career opportunities.
Held at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP), this was the first year Western Tech collaborated with YAF to encourage young students to strive for a higher education while exposing them to different career paths.
“The Young Achievers Forum is a very important function that we are happy to be a part of.” Said Mary Cano, Western Technical College Executive Vice President and Plaza Campus Director. “It allows us to prepare ourselves for the next generation.”
CommUNITY en ACCIÓN (CEA) - a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for the Hispanic Community, first developed YAF in partnership with UTEP and other schools and employers across the region in 2011.
Students and parents were welcomed by UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio, key-note speaker, Estela Casas- an El Paso native who has an exemplary background in broadcast journalism, and other professionals alike who shared their testimonials on overcoming obstacles and using higher education as their way of being where they are today.
“Its behooves us as educators and parents to prepare students for college and to start getting them into thinking about the technology that’s going to be involved in their future. “ Said Cano.
Western Tech EET Program Director, John Nunez informing students about Electronic Engineering Technology
During the day-long event, students and parents were informed of college application processes, dual-credit opportunities, scholarship options and financial aid qualifications.
Groups of students attended workshops that covered five broad fields of study in STEM, Health/Medical Sciences, Business Finance, Liberal Arts, Education, and public safety.
Western Tech instructors held sessions in Automotive Technology, Information Systems and Security, Electrical Engineering Technology, Medical Technology, and Business Administration and Management.
“Being the first year that trade and vocational schools were in attendance, we had a great turn out and were happy to see our different departments participate as a team working to inform students of our programs.” Said Victor Sanchez, Western Tech College Education Liaison and Admissions Representative. “We hope and look forward to being there again next year.”