OIT participates at the 2018 Career Pathways Mini Summit

October 10, 2018



A room view of attendees with a focus of a student looking at virtual reality goggles at the OIT table.

(OIT staff at the 2018 Career Pathways Mini Summit.)

 

Written by: Danicia Steele, Communications Specialist

 

Multiple UTSA Office of Information Technology staff members represented the university at the 2018 Career Pathways Mini Summit. The summit took place on September 22 at the Education Service Center in San Antonio, Texas from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and was hosted by Workforce Solutions Alamo.

The Career Pathways Mini Summit allowed the San Antonio Community to gather for discussion and presentations on different career path options. Students ranging from elementary school to seniors in high school attended along with parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, workforce development, and employers.

Two students using virtual reality headsets

(Participants using the Lenovo Google Labster VR headsets.)

 

The presentations included valuable information on how students can succeed outside of college and the importance of choosing the correct field when earning your degree. The San Antonio community was provided with education analytics illustrating the status of current US college students that graduate as well as those that find employment within their field of study. The discussion also focused on different pay scales for multiple careers along with student debt ratios.

UTSA Enterprise Research Systems Administrator Thomas Freeman, Enterprise Program Analyst Shayne Compton, and Research Software Developer I Armando Rodriguez showcased UTSA’s newest technology and educated the students on how Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) can be beneficial in education as well as work environments. Freeman and Compton presented the Virtual Reality (VR) Lab during the summit which included the Lenovo Google Labster VR headsets, and Microsoft Hololens AR headsets.

“By demonstrating new emerging technologies via AR and VR to the students, parents, and teachers at the conference we hoped to draw more interest into the fields of science and technology at UTSA,” said Freeman.