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HCC Chancellor’s Symposium on Engineering

A hands-on event at NASA-JSC and Space Center Houston\

HOUSTON (September 2012) – Houston Community College’s fourth annual Chancellor’s Symposium will be a hands-on and informational event Sept. 29. This year’s symposium, focusing on engineering, is co-sponsored by KBR and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NASA-Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston.

The symposium will host 1,200 middle and high school students from six school districts served by HCC who are interested in the engineering field. HCC and university student volunteers, from regional universities, will serve as mentors and ambassadors during educational hands-on sessions.

“This year’s symposium examines the roles of mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineers, technologists and technicians as they examine the infrastructure to support life and establish a colony on the Martian surface,” said Dr. Mary S. Spangler, HCC Chancellor.

Participating middle and high school students will take part in a number of unique learning and educational activities throughout the day. More than 400 parents, teachers and counselors will participate in informational sessions about career and educational pathways toward associate and undergraduate degrees in engineering and engineering technology. Both students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with HCC representatives and faculty and staff from regional universities, as well as professional engineering societies.

Houston Community College offers a wide selection of academic and technical education programs in engineering. Students attending HCC get a firm foundation and the practical experience that prepare them for upper division study at four-year institutions or for immediate employment.

Aspiring engineers, technologists and technicians require the best hands-on education from trained professionals. NASA-Johnson Space Center engineers, along with university engineering faculty, and members of the corporate engineering community will provide professional guidance on career and educational pathways leading to careers in engineering and related areas. The Chancellor’s Symposium on Engineering will reach beyond the college classroom to the broader community including parents, teachers and counselors.

In addition to the lead sponsor, KBR, other industry sponsors supporting the symposium include: the Apache Corporation, Baker Hughes Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, Schlumberger and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Houston Community College’s partnerships with independent school districts, regional universities, and professional societies and businesses have helped significantly in the coordination of this exciting event. Mr. Bart M. Sheinberg, Interim Director of the Office of Resource and Economic Development, will serve as the symposium chair.

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About HCC

HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the Greater Houston Area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

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About KBR

KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbon, government services, minerals, civil infrastructure, power, industrial, and commercial markets.

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Lesa Spivey
Director of Public Relations and Media
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