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Free Program Encourages STEM Fields

UMKC Students Host Engineering Night

High school students contemplating Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) degree fields and career opportunities are invited to meet students from UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering at the 2nd Annual Youth Minority Engineering Night.

A community outreach activity of the UMKC chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and their corporate sponsors, the open house will run from 6 to 9 p.m. May 13 at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.

Through initiatives like this one, NSBE wants to “increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community,” said DeJ’on Slaughter, president of UMKC’s chapter.
“We have Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II to give the keynote address, and Jose Pires, Associate President and Director of Business Excellence at Black & Veatch, is also on the program.”

Students can attend panel presentations and workshops led by representatives of Black & Veatch, Cerner, Honeywell and HNTB. Parents can attend sessions on academic readiness and paying for college. Light refreshments will be served.

Interested students are asked to register at http://kcnsbe.wix.com/ymenight or contact DeJ’on Slaughter dlsnqf@mail.umkc.edu or 816-517-8024 for more information. Due to space limitations, students are asked to bring only one parent or guardian.


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