(June 27, 2012 - Dallas, Texas)- Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will welcome Girl Scouts entering ninth - 12th–grade to experience life on a college campus through "College Journey – Teaming for Tomorrow" July 15-20, 2012 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to live in the college resident halls and experience life on a college campus, participate in hands-on experiments and tour a top company in the area.
College Journey's five day workshops, located on campus, will allow the girls to explore professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Girls will be mentored by women currently working in STEM careers, and interact with STEM curriculum including electrical engineering, chemical engineering, food science, and training on professional skills.
"Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has identified STEM as a critical area that aligns with our national curriculum to promote leadership in girls. With current research showing that 80 percent of the fastest growing career fields are in science and technology, providing girls with the courage and confidence they need to engage and embrace these educational areas aligns closely with the Girl Scout mission," said Colleen Walker, CEO for GSNETX.
College Journey is made possible by generous donations from Texas Instruments (TI) and Fluor. TI is continuing its partnership with GSNETX by providing funds and encouraging girls to explore STEM in new and exciting ways.
"We partner with Girl Scouts because we absolutely need girls to be engaged in STEM careers," said Trisha Cunningham, TI's Worldwide chief citizenship officer. "Today's jobs require advanced math and science skills, and the technology breakthroughs of tomorrow will be created by a workforce with STEM skills. Women are currently underrepresented in engineering and other STEM fields, and we need their intellect and creativity to solve our world's challenges, such as improving healthcare, saving energy, making cars safer and addressing environmental and security issues. Our future depends on it."
Fluor is partnering with GSNETX for the first time, yet mirrors the critical need to expose girls to STEM curriculum.
"Relevant, fun and inspirational STEM enrichment opportunities such as College Journey - Teaming for Tomorrow are exactly what's required to be successful in preparing the next generation of innovators, by companies like Fluor to compete in the future. That is one of the reasons why STEM education is so important to Fluor and we are pleased to be a partner of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas," said Torrence Robinson, senior director, Community Affairs for Fluor Corporation.
In addition to the campus and classroom exposure, a Career Exploration site trip to Frito Lay will give the girls an exclusive behind the scenes look on how STEM is used to make their favorite chips.
About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas:
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves nearly 35,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney.
About Texas Instruments:
Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be - smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do - from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities. This is just the beginning of our story. Learn more at www.ti.com.
About Fluor Corporation:
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) designs, builds and maintains many of the world's most challenging and complex projects. Founded in 1912, John Simon Fluor Sr. started the company with a modest investment of $100. Since those humble beginnings, the company has grown into one of the largest engineering & construction companies in the world. Fluor is celebrating its 100th anniversary during 2012.
Today, through its global network of offices on six continents, the company provides comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 200 company and had revenue of $23.4 billion in 2011. For more information, visit www.fluor100.com and www.fluor.com.