Miami-Dade County students learn about STEM opportunities in Army

Hispanic Heritage Foundation hosts nearly 300 students at LOFT STEM Symposium

By Mayte Padron - Community Relations Director
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2nd Lt. Vanessa Narciso, a recent FIU graduate, facilitates an interactive workshop on leadership with students from Young Men's Preparatory Academy during the LOFT STEM Leadership Symposium, sponsored by the U.S. Army, at Miami Dade College.

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. - Nearly 300 high school students from Miami-Dade County participated in the Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) STEM Leadership Symposium held this week at Miami Dade College's North Campus. 

Hispanic Heritage Foundation hosted the event for the students to receive information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career opportunities in the U.S. Army and civilian sectors. 

Army personnel participated in a panel with other community STEM leaders and presented an interactive, multimedia leadership workshop. Students had an opportunity to discuss leadership traits and develop their personal plan of action to help them achieve future success.

The event is part of a national initiative between the U.S. Army and HHF to promote education, leadership and career opportunities within STEM-related fields. It provides local high school juniors and seniors information about STEM-related careers that they may have not otherwise known about.

Last year, the U.S. Army provided more than $280 million in scholarships in more than 50 STEM-related careers and continues to be a very supportive partner of HHF's efforts in this area.

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