Bioscience

UA high-tech expo draws 430 teens from 22 schools

February 7, 2007

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Konstantinos Kalaitzidis, Tucson Citizen] — Alex Venegas, 17, is interested in all things high-tech. He wants to become a computer technician when he graduates from the Nosotros Academy charter high school. “It is what I like the most,” Venegas said during morninglong participation at the “Key to Employment for the 21st Century” High School Workshop, Tech Expo & Resource Fair.

The Tuesday event, organized by the Metropolitan Education Commission, took place at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center and attracted about 430 students from 22 schools. About 30 businesses ranging from Raytheon Missile Systems to Cybernetic Research Laboratories Inc. and institutions such as Tucson Water and the Greater Arizona High Tech Industry Cluster set up booths to introduce students to technical career paths.

Education commission officials brought in speakers, sponsors and high-tech industry representatives to expose the students to high technology’s industrial side, said June Webb-Vignery, the commission’s executive director. [To read the full article, click here.]