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Texas Workforce Commission Funds Summer Engineering Camp

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May 19, 2008

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center $123,000 to develop new summer camp opportunities and expand existing university efforts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The grant is part of Gov. Rick Perry's Summer Merit Program, a $1 million effort to fund summer youth camps at 13 universities and community colleges across the state. The funded camps focus on careers in STEM education and support the governor's initiatives to prepare Texas' future workforce to compete for the high-skill, high-demand jobs of the future.

"Industries of the future will depend on and demand an educated workforce with a solid foundation in math, science, engineering and technology," said Gov. Perry. "For Texas to remain truly competitive in a global economy we must begin today preparing for tomorrow."

The T-STEM Center will use the funding to start a brand-new Engineering Camp for students to be held the last week of July on the Texas Tech University campus. This year's camp will give students a chance to learn STEM skills and concepts as they design, build and launch their own high-flying rockets.

Funds from the center's award will also be used to support student scholarships as well as the development of additional STEM education opportunities for the Texas Tech's Science: It's A Girl Thing camp coordinated by the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL).

"The Texas Workforce Commission has given our T-STEM Center an important opportunity to develop much-needed summer programs for students and to sustain proven models already thriving at Texas Tech," said Dean Fontenot, Ph.D., a senior director of the T-STEM Center. "We look forward to expanding our efforts to ensure that Texas students are college-ready and prepared for careers in tomorrow's increasingly technology-driven economy."

In addition to the T-STEM Center's grant award, Texas Tech University received additional funding to scale up summer programs provided by Upward Bound. Part of the Division of Student Affairs, Upward Bound offers academic enrichment programs for students whose families have limited financial resources and whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree.

Additional Information

2008 Summer Merit Program Recipients

  • San Jacinto College
  • Texas AM University - Corpus Christi
  • Texas State Technical College
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
  • University of Texas at San Antonio

The Governor's Summer Merit Program will fund up to 50 summer camps for more than 1,000 students during the summer of 2008.

About the Texas Workforce Commission

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