FIRST® in Texas Talks


FIRST in Texas Talks is a series of interview sessions with statewide partners, volunteers, mentors, community and business leadership to inform and educate participants on all things FIRST in the state of Texas.  The goal is to offer career, education and technical insight to students as they navigate their educational and workforce journey.

Engineering Career Pathways

When it comes to STEM careers, engineers are in high demand. From electrical to mechanical to chemical engineering (to name a few) the opportunities for an exciting career is available to engineer-inspired FIRST program participants.

On the inaugural FIRST in Texas Talks Susan Ashmore, Development Director for FIRST in Texas, speaks with engineers from three of our statewide parters about their educational and workforce experience:

Shelley Rueff is a Chemical Engineer with Bechtel

Elissa Lindquist-Sher is an Automotive Hardware Applications Engineer with Texas Instruments

April Riddett is a Product Manager with National Instruments

FIRST in Texas Talks Partner Panel: Engineering Career Pathways

Cyber Security


The more connected our society becomes the more demand there is for cyber security experts to ensure that data and networks are secure. In this session of FIRST in Texas Talks, the focus is on careers and workforce opportunities inside the world of cyber security.

We will hear from two cyber security experts from our statewide partners: Jarrett Cravey of Accenture Federal and Alexander Klepal of Booz Allen Hamilton who are uniquely qualified to discuss the path students can take from graduation to a career in cyber security.


Cyber Security Program for the FIRST in Texas Talks



With graduation season upon us, students are in the final stages of making plans for the next phase of their lives. In this FIRST in Texas Talks session, Development Director, Susan Ashmore speaks with Lori Knight, Education Outreach Manager and Malisa Barnes, Education Outreach Specialist with our statewide partner, Texas Workforce Commission to take a look at all of the opportunities available to graduating seniors in Texas.


FIRST in Texas Talks - Beyond Graduation Program

Special Thanks to our Statewide Partners for supporting STEM-inspired students through FIRST programs in Texas

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