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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

May 14, 2003
RELEASE : 03-170
NASA Astronaut Leads Professional Development Training
Astronaut Ronald Parise leads the first NASA sponsored, professional development training for the principal investigators of the Proyecto Access program starting May 15 at 1:00 p.m. EDT at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Md.).

Proyecto Access, an agency program administered by the University of Texas-San Antonio, works to broaden outreach to Hispanic students and organizations from across the country by involving them in NASA's educational programs. Proyecto Access consortium schools engage Hispanic middle and high school students in various activities to inspire them to pursue academic study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Proyecto Access activities include a variety of seminars: logic and application to math; algebraic structures; probability and statistics; introduction to engineering; introduction to computer science; introduction to physics; technical writing; problem solving; research; and career awareness. Each summer, Proyecto Access students engage in an eight-week intensive curriculum of math and science at their participating school.

During the professional development training, May 15 and 16, Parise, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Angela Phillips Diaz, and other agency staff will work closely with principal investigators to introduce the goals of NASA's Education Enterprise. The NASA staff will work to enhance the way agency content and resources are released into classrooms serving a primarily Hispanic student population.

Faculty from the Community College of Denver (Denver); Florida International University (Coral Gables, Fla.); Hostos Community College (New York); Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Bayamon, P.R.); Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles); Jersey City University (Jersey City, N.J.); New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, N.M.); Oxnard Community College (Oxnard, Calif.); Pima Community College (Tucson, Ariz.); and Richard J. Daley College (Chicago) will participate in the inaugural Proyecto Access training.

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