During the month of October, AmeriCorps Member Elia Martin had the privilege of assisting MLK counselors with organizing and attending a field trip to the First Annual Hispanic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Symposium held at Auraria Campus. 40 high school students who demonstrated an average of 95% or above attendance were selected from the CTE (Career Technical Education) Engineering Pathway courses to attend this event.
The Hispanic STEM Symposium provided a great opportunity for MLK students to network with other Denver Public Schools students, Auraria Campus students, and campus faculty. More importantly, this event allowed students the opportunity to gain exposure to various careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the requirements needed to pursue an education in each field of study.
Students heard amazing stories of success from Latino professionals who currently work in health, education, science, technology, law, and law enforcement fields around the Denver Metro area. Students received information and tips on how to overcome financial aid barriers and other challenges from representatives of Metropolitan State College of Denver, the United States Army, and Anschutz Medical Center.
This event was a tremendous great for our students at MLK, as many of them will be the first in their family to receive a high school diploma. A large number of these students will also be first generation college students. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College model aims to ensure that every student is equipped with the necessary tools needed to successfully enter the workforce, or successfully enter an institution of higher education. The Hispanic STEM Symposium gave each of our students a memorable experience that will help propel them closer to their goals of college and career readiness.