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November 1, 2001

High School Outreach Press Release
Aaron Wyatt
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J01-100

JSC Co-Ops Take Their Message to Local Students

Dobie High School students will soon be learning about the NASA Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program and the importance of receiving a college education through Johnson Space Center’s High School Outreach Program (HSO).

“We want to promote college, engineering, science, and also the co-op program,” HSO Coordinator Laura Campbell said. “A lot of kids don’t know the opportunities that are available to them once they enter college, and HSO helps them to become aware of the possibilities.”

On Nov. 5 and 6, 36 JSC co-op students will give brief presentations on NASA, the space program, opportunities available at NASA and share their own experiences as college students and NASA co-ops.

High School Outreach is an official NASA program run by the college co-op students presently working at JSC, designed to encourage high school students to enter careers within the space program. HSO began as a supplement to current JSC educational programs and has reached over 10,000 students at area high schools since its inception in 1991.

“In the past we’ve had many students want more information about college, the co-op program, and how to get involved earlier on, such as high school programs that NASA has,” Campbell said. “It’s great to see that we have an affect on the students.”

Co-op Students alternate semesters, or quarters, between working full-time at JSC and attending classes at various universities across the nation. Areas of study range from engineering, math and science to business and journalism.

Media wishing to cover the visits to Dobie High School should contact Aaron Wyatt.


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