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C-MORE Participants Visit Industry Sites and Universities

July 10, 2012

    This year's participants in NPI's C-MORE program (Counselors Making Occupational Readiness Exciting) spent several days visiting industry sites and universities learning more about the opportunities their students could have after high school graduation. These opportunities broaden counselors' awareness of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education as they tend to their daily counseling of students. The C-MORE program strengthens NPI's ties with teachers and students by including counselors who are an essential component of the education team. The 2011 - 2012 C-MORE cohort visited Phillips 66, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston - main campus, and Sam Houston State University.

    "We quickly realized that NPI's main focus and role, along with their collaborations with us, is to assist students with their transition from high school to college. We [C-MORE] are to act as the catalyst between the two facets and encourage students to strive to become prepared to enter the workforce upon the completion of their high school educational plan. We are to encourage students to develop their personal graduation path with an emphasis on STEM. There is no way possible to measure the amount of knowledge our C-MORE group gained during this year. Meetings and gatherings with my C-MORE colleagues proved to be a very enriching experience. We served one another as a support group, collaborated and provided strategies at our meetings, got up close and personal with college and industry personnel, built networks, and grew individually and professionally." John O'Brien

    "Now that I have been with the C-MORE group, I feel much more qualified and prepared to talk to my students about varying degrees within STEM. In past discussions with young ladies about their future plans, we seemed to always drift to teaching, nursing, the old-school typical occupations for females. But, No More!" Sara Kahla

    "My experiences with the CMORE program were all positive. Collecting a wealth of knowledge and processing data with colleagues made each encounter with parents and students seem more refined and genuine. I felt like I was recommending a school because I knew something about it, personally. Pretty Powerful!" Becca Sitz

    "My experiences with C-MORE during the 2011-2012 school year have taken my commitment and refreshed it, solidified it, strengthened it, and finally redefined it. Prior to becoming involved in the C-MORE program, and experiencing the influence of initiatives promoted by the Nuclear Power Institute, my knowledge of the educational and career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields was very limited. I now have a much greater knowledge of STEM and a growing realization of the importance of encouraging today's high school students to think more expansively about what their educational and career aspirations are." Nanette Anglin


       2011-2012 Participating counselors:

       Lori Gaubatz - Sweeny High School

       John O'Brien - Van Vleck High School

       Becca Sitz - Bay City High School

       Diana Blumrick - Louise High School

       Sara Kahla - El Campo High School

       Nanette Anglin - Wharton High School