Representatives from Texas Instruments (TI) were recently on The University of Texas-Pan American campus to extend their full support for this year's Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week (HESTEC) during a two-day visit with HESTEC organizers.
The Texas-based company will be the title sponsor for Latinas in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology Day (Wed., Sept. 29), which will focus on the important roles women have played in these fields and the key lessons they learned as they attained these roles.
TI is focused on helping teachers attain the continuing education they need in order to better help their students' achievements in mathematics, physics and biology. They have committed to implementing a TI program called "Teachers Teaching with Technology" during HESTEC.
The program will initially include 10 workshops for 200 educators that will give them technology training for classroom use. TI will then commit to providing funding for continual online training. As part of this program, the company will be equipping each participant with the technology used in the workshops which includes the latest TI calculator.
When Ann Minnis, former TI representative, first heard about HESTEC, she knew TI and UTPA would "be a perfect match."
"The passion of your faculty here at UTPA is unbelievable," Minnis said. "I truly believe there is wonderful professional development, and these students are going to make it."
During the meeting, representatives spoke about their desire to support an event that will help create a much-needed workforce for the future.
"Texas Instruments is committed to supporting education," said Olga Vargas-Lester, state policy manager for TI's Office of Education Policy, Education and Productivity Solutions. "We partner with institutions like UTPA to implement effective math and science curriculum and technology programs that will help ensure America's workforce of the future."
Vargas-Lester said they hope to provide one-on-one sessions during HESTEC's Community Day (Oct. 2) to address how mothers can make sure their daughters are taking the appropriate math and science courses.
"One of the greatest things about the HESTEC program is how it is holistic in its nature," she said. "During Community Day we want to provide short 15-minute sessions equipping parents with the information they need to become advocates for their children's education especially in these (math and science) fields."
HESTEC organizers said TI's support will help expand the goal of inspiring students to seek fields in math, science and engineering.
"Through TI's help we are responding to the need to expand the direct classroom support to educators enabling them to better prepare their students for the future," said Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs. "That is what the 2004 HESTEC 'Realizing the Possibilities' is all about."
Texas Instruments was founded more than 70 years ago and is headquartered in Dallas. It is a global semiconductor company and the world's leading designer and supplier of real-time signal processing solutions. The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and educational and productivity solutions.
HESTEC, co-sponsored by UT Pan American and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, scheduled for Sept. 26-Oct. 2 and was initiated three years ago to encourage Hispanic students to seek careers in technology-based fields by providing opportunities for them to see first-hand what other people in these fields have accomplished.
For more information on HESTEC, call 956/381-3361.