High school students attend STEM college fair at USM

High school students attend STEM college fair at USM

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Some high school students spent Saturday morning taking steps to prepare for a future in science and technology.

Sixteen-year-old high school junior Phillip Whitman walked into room 203 of Lloyd Hall at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus eager to learn more about a career in technology.

"I'm here for the STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] courses, I want to see what their careers are and stuff. I want to see what they have at the Gulf Park campus,"  said Whitman.

Whitman and several other high school students from all over the Coast eagerly awaited a peek into their futures.

"What we would like to do is offer them the opportunity to come and speak with people who are in the field so that they understand what types of science careers are out there," said program organizer Jennifer Walker.

Computer science instructor Tom Rishel is proud to see that the future is bright.

"Obviously these are the students that we want. These are the students that are interested, and motivated to get out of bed on a Saturday morning and come and sit in the lecture hall and talk about science careers," said Rishel.

The career fair was funded with Gulf Region Health Outreach Program. Several Teacher workshops were also held at USM Gulf Park Campus.

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