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UTPA hosts First Generation Summer Academic Camp for high school students
Contact: Lori Ann Prado, Intern 292-7311
Posted: 07/02/2008
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Fifty Rio Grande Valley high school students participated in the First Generation Summer Academic Camp at The University of Texas-Pan American June 27-29.

First Generation Summer Academic Camp students participate in an engineering project at The University of Texas-Pan American during the camp June 27-29.
The camp, hosted by the Tech Prep Program in partnership with Cameron Works and the UTPA Valley Outreach Center, was for students who will be the first in their families to attend college and pursue a higher education.

Students who attended the camp were housed in University dorms and were overseen by seven mentors and two assistant coordinators. According to Aida Patino, pre-college academic program coordinator, the goal of the camp was to give students an insight to possible career paths, and encourage them to go to college by allowing them to participate in two out of six different fields of study including, secondary education, engineering, STARS leadership, computer science, clinical lab science and criminal justice.

"The Valley Outreach Center is committed to service the community and provide information, and a first-hand experience to Rio Grande Valley students on college experiences," Patino said. "Students who would like a better understanding of a possible career path can actually get a hands-on experience on what their career path would be. Not many other programs provide these kind of 'real-life' insights."

For more information about the First Generation Summer Academic Camp contact the Valley Outreach Center at 956/292-7597.

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