Matt's Story

Matt H. recently graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. His primary interest is in global health, and he recently utilized a Doris Duke Foundation grant to conduct community-based health research in rural Kenya.

Matt got his start as a participant in SCI://TECH:

I first explored my interest in scientific experimentation in seventh grade science class by developing a project to submit to the science fair. EfTA’s science fairs honed my interests…The extensive lab work I experienced through science fair projects helped prepare me to conduct independent lab research early in my undergraduate studies…EfTA’s science fairs provided me with opportunities to practice presentation skills and technical writing, and perhaps most importantly, fostered an ongoing sense of curiosity, of constantly asking, “Why?” I very much appreciate the opportunity created by Education for Tomorrow Alliance to start the process of scientific inquiry early in my education.

Read more about Matt's work.

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What do you want to be when you grow up? How can you get there? Who can help you along the way? The Career Connections program offers monthly career development programming at Conroe and Oak Ridge High School to expose students to ways they can get those questions answered. Professionals participate in monthly career panels to share their life experience and expertise with 10th and 11th grade students.  Whether students have a detailed plan for life or are still trying to figure out what happens after high school, the insights of volunteers in the workforce can prove valuable in helping encourage and shape tomorrow’s leaders.   

Sessions take place once a month during lunch at Conroe and Oak Ridge High School. Meetings start with a panel discussion and Q & A based on the month’s topic where guest speakers share their honest feedback, and may follow with small group discussions or individual student activities. This is an opportunity for professionals to share their personal stories.  Students explore topics ranging from finding a career passion to job forecasting.  

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Education for Tomorrow Alliance is proud to partner with The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce to offer the Next Generation Leadership program to 12th grade students in the Chamber service area. The program is intended to provide promising students with the opportunity to learn about leadership at work in Montgomery County and to cultivate individual leadership skills through interaction with professionals in business, education, and government.

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Each summer, EfTA’s Student Internship Program (SIP) offers bright, motivated rising high school seniors hands-on learning opportunities in their desired career fields. SIP internships are designed to provide valuable work experiences for students  who are just starting to explore career options. The program offers a first step toward furthering their education and figuring out what direction students want to take in life. In addition, the process of applying offers insights to the job search and introduces students to the value of networking and developing transferable skills that can eventually be included in a resume. Education for Tomorrow Alliance partners with about 50 dedicated employers each year to offer each student 80 hours of professional experience that has the potential to shape their career paths. EfTA seeks to give students hands on experiences that help enrich and support leaders of tomorrow.  

This summer, EfTA placed 118 students in two-week internship in June and July by partnering with sixty businesses in Montgomery and neighboring counties.  Collectively, intern hosts are offering students more than 9,440 hours of hands-on learning to encourage early career exploration and development. Students apply at the end of their junior year for internship placements in a variety of industries from small nonprofits to large corporations, with the greatest student demand coming in STEM-related fields.
We are especially grateful to our Student Internship Program Luncheon presenting sponsor Sam Houston State University for investing in our student interns. Thank you for partnering with us to strengthening our future leaders! 
Check out the EfTA Blog! Katie Pavlas, EfTA college intern through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Job Program shares her experience working at EfTA during this busy internship season!

Check back in March 2019 for next year's application!

High School Campus Coordinators

Academy of Science & Technology at The Woodlands College Park High School: Ms. Lyubov Merritt
Caney Creek High School: Ms. Diane Hernandez
Conroe High School: Ms. Stacy Brown
The John Cooper School: Mr. Arturo Carrillo 
iSchool High: Ms. Luis Pratts
Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy: Ms. Susan Rush
Magnolia High School: Ms. Delena Herzog
Magnolia West High School: Ms. Lisa Kennedy
Oak Ridge High School: Ms. Molly Gibson
The Woodlands Christian Academy: Mrs. Amy Rowe
The Woodlands College Park High School: Ms. Debra Creel
The Woodlands High School: Mrs. Jenny Davies
The Woodlands Preparatory School: Marisela Bustos

Register or learn more about becoming a SIP host. 

Palmer's Internship Experience

One week after Palmer's internship, Palmer was hired by the Woodlands Economic Development Partnership (EDP) as an employee. The Woodlands EDP shared, "Palmer has done a great job and we are very fortunate for the quality students we get from EfTA every year. Congratulations on making this program what it is today!"

Thank you to our Student Internship Program host companies!

The Future Focus program is a classroom-based curriculum designed to promote positive decision making among junior high school students. Trained volunteer presenters offer interactive programming to help students realize that educational attainment today has lasting impacts on their options later in life. It is meant to empower students that they have control over their daily decisions, as small as completing their homework and attending class, which can keep them on track for high school graduation and beyond over time.  

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The SCI://TECH Expo is the flagship program of Education for Tomorrow Alliance. It began as a partnership with the Conroe Independent School District and several private schools to provide volunteer support to the local science fair, and now offers 13 competitions including an Elementary Science Festival, engineering design competitions (robotics), and science technical writing. The traditional junior and senior high science fairs remain a key component of SCI://TECH that encourage students to explore real-world questions that interest them through rigorous research, experimentation, summarizing of conclusions and practice of presentation skills. Each of the Expo competitions offers learning beyond the classroom and teaches critical thinking skills that will enable students to thrive in any career field. Run by EfTA volunteers and local educators, the organization’s involvement in SCI://TECH saves the schools valuable resources, while reaching thousands of students each year.   SCI://TECH is the largest science fair in the Texas.  

More information or register as a general volunteer or as a judge.