San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted its 4th Annual Core4 STEM Expo November 13th and 14th at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall.  The conference featured leaders from the energy, science, computer, manufacturing, and aerospace industries along with representatives from several institutions of higher education.  Students were provided with the opportunity to meet and speak with high-profile representatives from Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies.  They experienced hands on project demonstrations, listened to speakers from exciting STEM fields explain how they were able to be successful in their careers, and spoke with college recruiters to discuss possible degree plans in STEM fields and financial aid options.

The Alamo Academies partnered with Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas once again this year to highlight the opportunity the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy (ATMA) gives to local students pursuing career pathways in manufacturing.  Students enrolled in the two year dual credit ATMA program receive a total of 34 credit hours, two Level I Certificates and two Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certificates at no personal cost.  Students also complete an industry-paid internship the summer between their junior and senior year where they gain valuable work experience and exposure to these high-wage demand occupations.  At Toyota, the internship prepares students to develop a Toyota mindset while learning Toyota methodologies. The program supports the development of their future workforce and builds a pipeline for STEM careers in our great city of San Antonio, Texas.