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Catherine Watson March 24, 1994

RELEASE: 94-025

OUTREACH PROGRAM TARGETS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

A group of Johnson Space Center cooperative education students will reach out to a Houston high school March 28-April 15, relating personal experiences from school and the work place and showing the students how they can become involved in the space program of the future.

The visits are part of the Cooperative Education Program's High School Outreach Program, established in 1991 in an effort to channel high school students into science, mathematics and technology career paths.

Cooperative education students, or "co-ops," alternate between their college studies and rotations as full-time NASA employees, mixing their education with on-the-job training. Most JSC co-ops are engineering students, but some are studying business, English, science and other fields. Because of the similarity in age and status, co-ops are well suited to bridge the gap with high school students.

In their outreach presentations, they share information on NASA's past and future and relate that to the need for scientists, engineers and mathematicians, as well as to the high school students' current and future course work.

This spring, the Outreach Program is expected to reach about 4,5000 students. In past years, co-ops have made presentations to about 1,400 students at the LaPorte, Clear Creek, Dickinson and South Houston High Schools.

There will be morning and afternoon presentations at Deer Park High School March 28-30, April 5-8 and April 12-15, and morning presentations March 31. News media representatives interested in covering a presentation are invited to contact co-op Tara Patterson at 244-5836 at least a day in advance for information on the particular classroom that will host that presentation.

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