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Scholarships: Knowledge is Power

Scholarships: Knowledge is PowerFor 30 years, FIRST® has been capturing imaginations and inspiring future technology leaders and innovators. According to the Brandeis University Longitudinal Study, of the many students who participate in FIRST programs: “2.6X are more likely to enroll in an engineering course in their freshman year and more than 75 percent of them are in a STEM … Continue reading Scholarships: Knowledge is Power

How FIRST in Texas Helps Solve the Middle Skills Gap

How FIRST in Texas Helps Solve the Middle Skills GapThe experts are looking into the future of work, and there is a growing demand for middle-skill workers, but there’s not enough trained personnel to fill that demand. The gap in the number of jobs available and the people ready to fill them is not news. However, it does require that stakeholders from education to … Continue reading How FIRST in Texas Helps Solve the Middle Skills Gap

Engineering Series: Career Paths in the Workforce

Engineering Series: Career Paths in the WorkforceThe High Demand For Engineers The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth for engineering jobs over the next several years through 2026. As the Bureau notes: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment growth for these workers, with nearly 140,000 new jobs expected for engineers over the 2016–26 decade. And in 2016, engineers had … Continue reading Engineering Series: Career Paths in the Workforce

Engineering Series: Girls and Women are FIRST

Engineering Series: Girls and Women are FIRSTIntroduce a Girl to Engineering Day Taking a proactive approach to equity is important, and giving girls more opportunities to explore their dreams of engineering is always a worthy cause. That’s why DiscoverE created the ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.’ As noted on their site: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) on … Continue reading Engineering Series: Girls and Women are FIRST

FIRST in Texas Opens Up a World of Opportunities For Young Engineers

FIRST in Texas Opens Up a World of Opportunities For Young EngineersWhen students dive into the world of FIRST in Texas, they are doing themselves (and their future) a huge favor. Besides having plenty of fun, expanding their minds, and learning valuable skills that will help them in every area of life, they are opening doors to many career options. One such career path is in … Continue reading FIRST in Texas Opens Up a World of Opportunities For Young Engineers

Vision Letter from the Executive Director

Vision Letter from the Executive DirectorDear Friends of FIRST in Texas, As we head into a New Year and continue another exciting FIRST® season, it’s the perfect time to look back on the progress we made in 2018 and be inspired by what we’ve accomplished together.   It’s also the perfect time to look ahead and establish a clear vision for 2019. … Continue reading Vision Letter from the Executive Director

To All Who Make FIRST in Texas Possible: This One’s For You 

To All Who Make FIRST in Texas Possible: This One’s For You Dear FIRST in Texas Community, When you take a step back and look at the big picture, it’s hard not get a little emotional about everything that’s been accomplished. Making STEM exciting and accessible for Texas youth–and when you think about all of the hard work that everyone has put into so many details of the … Continue reading To All Who Make FIRST in Texas Possible: This One’s For You 

Susan Ashmore, Development Director

Susan Ashmore, Development DirectorWith a wealth of experience and a passion for education and innovation, Susan Ashmore is right at home as the new Development Director for FIRST in Texas. Education and Background Since attending UT Austin and earning a BBA in Accounting from UTSA, Ashmore has built a reputation as a leader committed to excellence. She has … Continue reading Susan Ashmore, Development Director