ALBUQUERQUE-High school seniors from around the Albuquerque metro area have been selected to take part in a first of its kind college signing day. The Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office is hosting New Mexico’s first STEM Signing Day on Wed. May 1 at Hotel Albuquerque at 4:30pm.
Fashioned after athletic signing days, STEM Signing Day will celebrate high school seniors who are making a commitment to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering or math related fields. Selected students will sign “letters of intent” to their chosen STEM field and school.
“STEM jobs are vital to the economic health of New Mexico and our country,” Matt Fetrow, Director of the AFRL Tech Engagement Office said. “That’s why we think it’s important to recognize those students who are interested in furthering their STEM education and pursuing STEM careers. We want them to know that what they’re doing is important, and that New Mexico supports them.”
Participating students come from public and private high schools all across Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties. Many plan to stay in state to pursue their education, while many others are headed to out of state schools. Their intended fields of study include engineering, biology, architecture and computer science.
The 2019 STEM Signing Day is made possible by generous sponsors including the STEM Employers Network, Deloitte and Nusenda. Organizers hope to take STEM Signing Day statewide in 2020.