Summer institute fostering women scientists and engineers wins TWC grant

gapsClosing the GAPS (Girls Aren’t Pursuing Science) Institute: A Summer Institute to Foster Women Scientists and Engineer has received $90,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Summer Merit Program, affording 100 scholarships. The summer camp, held at Texas Southmost College, exposes students to activities in anatomy, mechanical applications and neuroscience fields.

TSC was one of 18 grant recipients garnering more than $1.26 million total. The grants are given to Texas universities and community colleges for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math through the Governor’s Summer Merit Program. The grants provide the opportunity for 1,351 students, ages 14 to 21, to attend camps that will help prepare them for future high-skill, high-demand jobs.

“The Governor’s Summer Merit Program and the Texas Workforce Commission provide valuable tools in training students to excel, and I am proud of our colleges and universities for providing the STEM-based training that our students will need to compete in a 21st century economy,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As our state’s workforce becomes more technologically advanced, the success of Texas depends on the skills these young minds will contribute to the growth of our workforce.”

Administered by TWC, the effort is part of the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, which aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. The camps introduce students to advanced technologies and manufacturing, aerospace and defense, biotechnology and life sciences, information and computer technology and energy.

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