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PSJA ISD partners with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station to promote STEM careers

 
PHARR - Students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) will have the opportunity to continue expanding their knowledge thanks to a continuing partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Power Institute. The partnership agreement was approved by the School Board of Trustees during a recent school board meeting.
 
Part of the Texas A&M University System, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) is a research and development agency with 105 years of experience that performs research and leverages expertise from universities, national laboratories, and state and federal agencies to improve lives through basic and applied engineering research.
 
As part of the agreement with PSJA ISD, TEES through its Nuclear Power Institute, will expand and implement a Workforce Industry Training Junior (WIT Jr) Program and Galvanizing Reliable Energy Education in Nuclear (GREEN) Program during the 2021-2022 school year.  
 
The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) is dedicated to providing K-12 students and educators with opportunities to engage, enrich, and explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge, experiences, and resources while also highlighting nuclear applications, clean technologies, college programming, and career opportunities.
 
Through the WIT Jr Program, LBJ Middle School students in Pharr, will be exposed to mentoring activities by industry professionals, visit universities, colleges, and STEM industries and participate in interactive activities. Similarly, the GREEN Program will expose students to industrial turbomachinery development opportunities by visiting and touring the Turbomachinery Laboratory Facilities at College Station, Texas. The GREEN Program will be available to students at Audie Murphy Middle School (Alamo), LBJ Middle School (Pharr), and PSJA North Early College High School (Pharr).
 
By offering these opportunities, PSJA ISD hopes to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM with a focus on nuclear energy as early as middle school so that they can continue to take advantage of educational opportunities available in the district’s Early College High Schools.
 
Through PSJA ISD's nationally recognized Early College initiative, high school students can graduate with up to 60 college hours or an Associate Degree from South Texas College before their high school graduation.   
 
“Exciting things are happening at PSJA ISD,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “We hope these experiences inspire our students to realize their tremendous potential as well inform them of the many careers available today. Thank you to our dedicated team for always working hard to innovate and provide the best for our students.”
 
PSJA ISD welcomes students living anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Interested individuals may visit www.psjaisd.us/whypsja.