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Stephenville High School WIT

Workforce Industry Training
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.

 

How do I join WIT?

The WIT program is open to junior and senior Texas high school students at least 14 years old with a minimum GPA of 2.5. They must formally submit an application for membership.

 

What do WIT participants do?

  • 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
 
 
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.
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 into 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 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 1800s 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 skyscrapers we see today. Steel is designed to be 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. 

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).

 
 

2021-2022 WIT Officers

President

Osvaldo Carrillo

Vice President

Danielle Smith

Secretary/Reporter

Caitlin Thompson

Student Advisor

Arianna Rosati

 
2021-2022 WIT Members
 
Mayte Aguilar
Aaron Atchley
Arizona Barnes
Ulhas Bhandari
Zoe Birdwell
Zoe Brigman
Eduardo Briseno
Gracie Browne
Osvaldo Carrillo
Kirsten Cline
Kennedy Coffee
Carter Cole
Madisyn Cole
Aidan Collins
Terran Cummings
Brynden Darby
McKenna Dillard
Raelee Dillard
Tessa Drew
Aubrey Dyas
Jabez Esquivel
Christopher Foster
Braden Fowler
Haley Frisina
Alexa Gaspie
Samantha Goldberg
Joseph Gray
Maci Guay
Bailey Heller
Cason Heller
Laura Henrickson
Kady Henry
Bryson Jones
Morgan Jones
Andrew Kitchens
Brooke Langford
Kate Leach
Trinty Leal
Faith Mayhar
Cameron Mayo
Keaton Mays
Matthew McKenzie
Echo McLendon
Jordan McMullen
Hunter Merrill
Kristina Miles
Kinli Newman
Brooklyn Nguyen
Sydney Nguyen
Wren O'Neal
Makayla Osinga
Melissa Osornio
Amber Pack
Isabella Pena
Angel Perez
Mayte Perez
Emma Pope
Lila Richards
Arianna Rosati
Cinthia Ruiz
Autry Russell
Crystal Sierra
Addison Simpson
Danielle Smith
Manasvi Tailor
Caitlin Thompson
Alexes Thurman
Mia Tucker
Tyler Tucker
Caleb Tulley
Maci Underwood
Luis Vargas
Lyncoln Veach
Elizabeth Voorhies