Workforce Industry Training (WIT)

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NPI’s Workforce Industry Training (WIT) program is for high school students who are interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of careers in STEM. More specifically, the purpose of WIT is to mentor, encourage, and prepare students for STEM-rich programs at universities, two-year technical colleges, and technician certificate programs. By participating in WIT, students gain exposure to higher education and career opportunities through a series of six funded field trips per year while building the confidence to consider further STEM education. This confidence comes from the knowledge and familiarity students gain from their WIT experiences.  During the 2019-2020 academic year, the WIT program grew from availability in 18 to 30 Texas high schools – reaching over 1,900 students. Next year, our goal is to grow into more schools and reach more Texas students.


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ATOM is a WIT-supported program with a yearlong commitment between WIT member mentors and ATOM mentees. The ATOM group provides WIT members an opportunity to give back by interacting and mentoring young elementary and middle school students – engaging them in academic activities that impassion these students to stay focused on a strong STEM path. The intent of the ATOM program is to create a “spark” that ignites a unique collaborative and nurturing relationship between older and younger students interested in pursuing STEM. During the 2019-2020 school year, our WIT members mentored over 900 elementary and middle school students.


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WIT offers benefits and opportunities such as:

  • The educational tools and support to pursue opportunities
  • in STEM technical fields.
  • Enjoy mentoring activities by industry professionals
  • Visit local industry partners
  • Participate in industry job shadowing
  • Take part in professional development activities
  • Visit universities and community colleges
  • Participate in community service
  • Hear from and meet guest speakers
  • Have scholarship opportunities

How do I join WIT? To be eligible for WIT you must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0
  • Have an interest in pursuing a STEM technical degree
  • Submit an application for membership
  • Participate in an interview for membership selection
The Workforce Industry Training (WIT) program is funded and supported by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), a joint center of Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

The WIT Bracelet

The WIT bracelet is made of leather and stainless steel. Being that WIT is designed to train for the workforce, it is important that these two materials are outlined as they apply to WIT and moving forward in the future.

Leather has been in use for thousands of years. It was once used primarily for clothing and was also incorporated in to different types of tools. It was used in different types of old fashioned industries such as in saddles for horses or the reins for an ox pulling a plow. Leather is used for gloves and boots as a means of modern protection. Leather represents something that is durable, but also incredibly adaptable. Leather is something that has stood the test of time. The Egyptians were using leather in 5000 B.C. and here we are today, it is still a vital part of our culture. When you see the leather of the WIT bracelet, it is important to remember that we, as a individuals, must be durable and flexible. While circumstances in life might not go as planned, we can be durable and flexible and like the leather of the WTI band, you can get through it.

Steel is a combination of the elements iron and carbon and contains small amounts of other elements. This mixture has also withstood the test of time. It revolutionized our country as we transitioned from primarily wood to steel in the early 1800’s as we began the industrial revolution. It was used to build the railroad, improve our shipping vessels, build bridges, and to build structures like the sky scrapers we see today. Steel is designed to tough, yet moldable and adaptable. Made up of elements that by themselves are weak, when put together, they are strong. When you see the steel of the WIT bracelet and that is inscribed with your WIT high school, remember that WIT members are moldable, and that sometimes alone may falter, but together, with others, we can be strong.


2021 MEMBERS

Alex Ansay 
 William Bledsoe 
 Reanna Brackeen 
 Brooke Bridgewater
 Devin Bridgewater
 Jayden Bridgewater 
 Jemma Bumgardner 
 Jordin Bumgradner 
 Emma Butler 
 Ashtyn Butler 
 Luis Castro
 Diana Cisneros 
 Carson Clay 
 Elizabeth Collins
 Natalie Cornejo 
 Dalton Deike
 Brooke Dennis 
 Ricardo Duran
 Gracelynn Farmer 
 Vivian Gomez
 Alex Goulding
 Mandy Goulding 
 Alan Guerrero
 Mariana Guzman
 Andria Harris 
 Curtis Henry 
 Trinity Ivy 
 Jeremiah Koonce 
 Alexa Kunkel 
 Brianna Leasure 
 Kameron Lechowicz 
 Ellyse Ledbetter 
 Averi Lesley 
 Hao Liu 
 Alyssa Martinez 
 Lesli Olalde 
 Jolette Ontiveros 
 Jackson Pate
 Dylan Ray 
 Bryton Salinas 
 Caitylin Smith 
 Emma Stapp-Stuckey 
 Michael Stephens 
 Evan Stevens 
 Rylan Stevens 
 Bailey Swaim 
 Abigail Tatum
 Lucas Thorley 
 Kameron Webb
 Brinkley Williams 
 Shy'Ann Wooley

Sponsors: Ashley McLain and Sarah Moore


2021-2022 Calendar

 

September
3- New Member Applications Due; Officer Applications Due From Returning Members

8- Officer Meeting

6-10 - Interviews for New Members

29- Induction Ceremony


October
5- Meeting

19- Tarleton State University Field Trip 

November
3- Meeting 

15- Sponsor Meeting

December
1- Meeting 

January
5- Meeting 

24- University of Texas at Arlington Field Trip 
 

February
2- Meeting 

16- SAT Bootcamp 

March 
2- Meeting 

9-10- Texas A&M University Field Trip/ NPI Tour 

April 
6- Meeting 

TBD- ATOM Event 

May
4- Meeting 

 
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