Mercedes High School teacher, Diana Guevara, hopes that this upcoming tour will give her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students an idea of all the types of jobs available to them.
“As a STEM advocate, the support and exposure to these tours allow students to become open-minded and gain appropriate knowledge to establish their career pathways,” Guevara said, adding that this first-hand experience gives them the confidence in their choice of study.
The group of approximately 50 students will tour two facilities located at the Harlingen Industrial Park. Selected facilities are ITD Precision Stampings, a tool and die company that produces metal stampings; and Penn Aluminum International, a manufacturer of tubing.
Guevara hopes the students use the opportunity to stimulate their curiosity, learn, but most importantly be driven by their interest in this field. Jobs in the STEM field include electrical engineering, industrial machinery, parts assembly, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, among others. While some of these jobs require a bachelor’s and sometimes a master’s, Guevara wants to stress that not all jobs require that and most only need an associate’s or certification.
“These tours are great because they bring awareness to what is being manufactured here in Harlingen,” German Rico, Harlingen EDC Industrial Development Manager, said.
“But most importantly, this tour specifically will help guide the students to make a more educated decision about the career path they choose.”
Here are some numbers provided by the Texas Workforce Commission that breaks down industry-specific statistics and average entry-level wages: Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing Industry jobs.
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