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.
To learn more about EfTA programs, call 936.271.6150.
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.
Student applications are now being accepted for Summer 2017. Applications should be submitted by April 3 through students' high school campus coordinators. See the list of campus coordinators below or call if your school is not listed, as students from additional schools are eligible to participate. Contact Tanya Nero at 936-271-6153 with questions.
High School Campus CoordinatorsAcademy 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. Allison Cash
Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy: Ms. Susan Rush
Magnolia West High School: Ms. Lisa Kennedy
Oak Ridge High School: Ms. Jo Hawk
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
Applicants are required to volunteer through EfTA on Saturday, April 22 for the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN. EfTA has several Run Special Needs, Sunscreen, and Timing station time slots between 5:00 am and 11:59 pm. Click here for the registration links. Applicants should register by April 3.
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 the 2016 Student Internship Program host companies:
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.
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.
Register as a volunteer.
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 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 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.
Register as a volunteer.
The Future Focus program, formerly CHOICES, 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.
Register as a volunteer.