Children, Parents Participate in Career Day at UTEP
Approximately 230 5th- and 6th- grade students learned about various professions and the importance of education during the 31st annual Mother-Daughter/
The students from the Clint, Socorro and Canutillo school districts, and their
The panelists, most of them bilingual and UTEP graduates, used highly interactive techniques to talk about what they do, their career path, the education they needed, and any challenges they faced, said Josefina V. “Josie” Tinajero, Ed.D., professor of education and director of the MDFS program. A question-and-answer session was part of each panel.
“I want students to leave here with a clearer idea of the career they want, or at least of possible careers to consider,” Tinajero said.
The event’s keynote speaker was Maria Teresa Delgado, president of the Juárez Maquiladora Association. Delgado earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management from UTEP in 1985. She has worked in the human resources division in the maquila and manufacturing industry for 30 years.
Tinajero said Delgado and the volunteer panelists are role models for the young students. She called them committed people who want to give back to their community.
The MDFS program started in 1986 as an effort to promote higher education among students who would be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. Since then, the year-round program has helped students, and their parents, to break socio-economic barriers and strive for a college education and exciting careers.