PHARR - As part of National Engineers Week, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA), the City of Pharr and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley partnered to showcase Engineering careers to interested PSJA ISD high school during a kick-off celebration held Feb. 20 at the Pepe Salinas Convention Center in Pharr.

During the event, students passionate about engineering and STEM careers from throughout the district's high schools learned about different career pathways and opportunities in the field.

Special guests included Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez III and UTRGV's Dr. Karen Lozano, founder and director of the Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at UTRGV.

Throughout the presentation, leaders spoke about the industry to get students inspired and engaged in the field.

"What I love about PSJA is that folks here are proactive," said Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez III to students. "They are preparing you for the future before it is too late."

In addition to the presentation, students from PSJA North Early College HS and PSJA Southwest Early College HS, both located in Pharr, displayed their FIRST RGV Robotics projects recently showcased at a Robotics Championship competition during the event.

Excited to continue exposing students to engineering and STEM careers, throughout the week students will also have an opportunity to go on various tours and visit local facilities in the industry to gather in-depth information about current careers and opportunities.

According to Dr. Daniel King, PSJA Superintendent of Schools, it is important to motivate students to think about their futures early.  

“Our goal is to have our students graduate early and go far,” he said at the celebration. “We encourage you to look at all these career ideas and pathways we offer here at PSJA.”