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.

 

Power BUG (Building, Uniting, and Growing)


 

Power BUG is a WIT-supported program with a yearlong commitment between a WIT member mentor and a Power BUG mentee. The Power BUG 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. Power BUG creates a spark that ignites a unique collaborative, nurturing relationship between older and younger students interested in pursuing STEM.


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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.


2022 MEMBERS

Humberto Albarron-Mora
Chyna Baker
Adalynn Bennett
Mazzy Bledsoe
Brayden Brainard
Brooke Bridgewater
Candra Bridgewater
Jayden Bridgewater
Ashtyn Butler
Emma Butler
Diana Cisneros
Natalie Cornejo
Flor Cuellar
Kenadee Davis
Brooke Dennis
Carlos Diaz
Faith Dixon
Adamari Flores
Vivian Gomez
Mariana Guzman
Melanie Guzman
Andria Harris
Curtis Henry
Elliana Ireton
Cassius Johnson
Jeremiah Koonce
Alexa Kunkel
Brianna Leasure
Jarren Ledbetter
Cade Lesley
Ivy Marbut
Alyssa Martinez
Anthony Martinez
Emily Miranda
Angelina Molina
Olivia Monrose
Litzy Nava
Jolette Ontiveros
Gavin Rios
Travis Rios
Ally Rogers
Amelia Sauter
Maryann Solis
Emma Stapp-Stuckey
Michael Stevens
Rylan Stevens
Bailey Swaim
Callie Tatum
Lucas Thorley
Jacquelyn Villasenor
Hannah Wade
Kaweron Webb
Shy'ann Wooley

Sponsors: Kelsey Buckley and Jason Davis


2022-2023 Calendar
*This Calendar is Tentative & Subject to Change*

Date

Event Type

Name of Event / Description

Aug. 31st

Meeting #1-Returning members only

Nominate officers and go over expectations for the year

Oct. 5th

Meeting #2

W.I.T. intro for new members, start looking at different potential Colleges/Industries to visit

Oct. 24th

Induction

Induction ceremony for new members

Nov. 2nd

Meeting #3

Discuss upcoming events/trips

Nov. 11th

Texas Motor Speedway-IndyCar

STEM activity focused on the industry of autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Will feature exhibitions, interactive programming, and other innovative activities catered to the high school STEM and robotics community.

Dec. 1st

UNT Visit

University of North Texas-Members travel to Denton to tour the campus & available degrees/programs

Dec 7th

Meeting #4

Discuss upcoming events/trips

Dec 19th

Power BUG Event

WIT members conduct hands-on labs with Power BUG members at Alvarado Junior High STEM night

Jan. 4th

Meeting #5

Discuss upcoming events/trips

Jan. 18th

Perot Museum

Ross Perot Museum of Nature & Science-students will travel to Dallas to the Perot museum to explore 5 levels of hands-on science & natural history exhibits

Feb. 1st

Meeting #6

Discuss upcoming events/trips

Feb. 15th

Baylor Univ.

Baylor University-Members travel to Waco to tour the campus & available degrees/programs

March 1st

Meeting #7

Discuss upcoming events/trips

April 5th

Meeting #8

Discuss upcoming events/trips

April 19-20th

Overnight UT Visit-Austin

University of Texas at Austin-Members travel to Austin to tour the campus & available degrees/programs on an overnight visit

May 3rd

Meeting #9

Final meeting for the 2022-2023 school year

 








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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).

 
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