UTSA PREP honored for success with youth
(June 22, 2005)--The UTSA Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) recently received an award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Board on Pre-College Education for creating awareness among female and minority pre-college students of engineering career opportunities.
PREP was chosen for the premier program award because of its efforts to instill confidence in college-bound students who otherwise might not choose to study engineering.
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"PREP's success comes from exposing young aspiring minds to engineering, math, and science and by giving them the tools to succeed through educational advancement," said Raul Reyna, PREP director. "We are honored and proud to receive this recognition for our work with female and minority students."
PREP is an eight-week summer program for middle and high school students which stresses the development of abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills through a series of hands-on math, physics, computer science, logic, technical writing and engineering courses. PREP officials estimate they will serve 1,400 students in 2005.
Program sessions are in June and July at eight partner colleges and university campuses throughout San Antonio.
For more information, contact Blanca Juarez at (210) 458-2064.