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Technology Day
Area students attend High Technology Day

Students attend UTSA's High Technology Day

By Rita Cortez
UTSA Trio Executive Director for Outreach

(July 10, 2007)--The Hispanic Association of Communications Employees of AT&T (HACEMOS) and the AT&T Foundation recently reached out to more than 2,000 students nationwide at High Technology Day conferences. The UTSA conference was hosted by UTSA's federally funded Trio program.

The objective of the event is to inform students about career opportunities in engineering, math and science through workshops and presentations on the latest technological advancements. At UTSA last semester, more than 150 students attended the conference including members of the UTSA chapter of the Society of Mexican American Scientists and Engineers (MAES) and students from South San High School and Edgewood Academy.

Speakers included Norbert Rivera, AT&T vice president for operations strategies and U-Verse, and Gerard Edwards, AT&T associate director for dish operations, who discussed broadband services.

UTSA speakers addressed students in workshops on information technology, high-speed data, video services, communications, math, science, engineering and business.

The event included scholarship presentations of $1,000 to five college-bound students. The scholarships were provided by funds raised by the local chapter of the HACEMOS Scholarship Foundation.

Trio is part of a federal program for educational outreach designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Trio includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist economically challenged, first-generation college students and students with disabilities in progressing from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

MAES was founded in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. With the financial support of members, companies and government agencies, the organization motivates and mentors students and professionals and helps students to secure financial aid and employment opportunities.

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For more information, contact Rita Cortez at (210) 458-5852.

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