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Catherine Watson

Rel. No. 93-023 March 19, 1993


A group of Johnson Space Center cooperative education students will reach out to a Houston high school March 22-30, relating their 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 1,000 students. In past years. co-ops have made presentations to about 1,400 students at the LaPorte, Clear Creek and Dickinson High Schools.

There will be three morning presentations at the southern Houston high school March 22, 23, 25 and 30; three afternoon presentations March 22, 23, 25, 29, 30; and four midday presentations March 26. News media representatives interested in covering a presentation are invited to contact co-op David McDonald at 335-2251 or Tom Erkenswick at 483-8162 at least a day before a morning presentation or the morning of an afternoon presentation for information on the particular classroom that will host that presentation.



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