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U.S. Army Continues to Support STEM Learning by Renewing Its Partnership With the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Mar 31, 2017

Together in their mission to promote educational excellence and leadership among high school students, the U.S. Army and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) are partnering once again for HHF’s Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) program, which provides workforce development trainings and programs to more than 100,000 students and young professionals. 

During this year’s partnership, more than 1,000 high school students and parents will engage with Army representatives in eight LOFT STEM Leadership Symposiums designed to highlight career paths and the numerous opportunities available in STEM fields through Army service, including engineering, information technology, biochemistry and healthcare. Not only will students learn about the many STEM-related career opportunities available in the Army, but parents, guardians and mentors will leave with resources and information to share with students, such as March2Success, a free online tool that prepares high school students for standardized tests. 

The season is already underway with the completion of the first three LOFT events that took place in Los Angeles, Calif. (Feb. 6-7), Miami, Fla. (Feb. 14-15) and Austin, Texas (March 7-8), where more than 850 students from local high schools participated in interactive leadership workshops led by an Army representative. At each of the events, the Army also participated in panels with leaders in STEM and provided students with guidance on how to achieve goals by sharing insights from their own education and career paths. 

Captain Jose Abad Hernandez interacts with students at the LOFT STEM Leadership Symposium at California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

During the Leadership Workshop titled, “Commanding Your Future: How to Become a Leader of Your Generation,” students learned the Army’s definition of a leader, what a leader looks like, as well as the core leader competencies: lead, develop and achieve. At the conclusion of the workshop, students applied what they learned by solving real-life leadership challenges through a series of different scenarios.

2nd Lieutenant Vanessa Narciso, recent FIU graduate, facilitates an interactive workshop on leadership with students from Young Men’s Preparatory Academy during the LOFT STEM Leadership Symposium at Miami Dade College. 

Through the STEM panel discussion, students heard from U.S. Army leadership and local STEM leaders about their experiences pursuing careers in STEM. Leaders gave students advice on post-graduate education, discussed some of the obstacles they encountered while pursuing careers in STEM-related fields and shared what degrees they believe are in highest demand today. 

Staff Sergeant John Garcia of the Perrine Recruiting Station, Miami Company, shares information about the Army’s STEM careers with local high school students at the LOFT STEM Leadership Symposium at Miami Dade College. 

In addition to the STEM Symposiums, the Army and HHF will host the LOFT Coder Summit, a one-day event filled with back-to-back workshops, discussions and opportunities for attendees to expand their networks. Army representatives, along with other experts, will discuss the importance of careers in the high-demand fields of computer science. The remaining events will be conducted at colleges and universities in New York City, N.Y. and Edinburg, Texas.

As one of the largest investors in education, the Army continues to support STEM learning by partnering with national organizations to promote opportunities in these fields. 

The Army’s participation in HHF’s Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) program is part of a more than 5-year partnership between the Army and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Through its continued partnership with HHF, the Army inches one step closer to its goal of increasing the number of Hispanic students pursuing academic and career paths in STEM-related fields and helping students achieve their educational objectives. 


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