Statewide E 12 recruitment program showcases Texas A&M Engineering

Photo of receptionA recruitment program of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University that focuses on enhancing diversity has achieved success in its five years of operation.

The program, E 12, has yielded results: 75 percent of participants applied to the Look College and 60 percent of those who applied have confirmed to enroll in classes for Fall 2013.

“E 12 has been a great partnership between the college of engineering, high schools and industry,” said Magda Lagoudas, director of engineering student services and academic programs. “We are very fortunate to have industry genuinely interested to make a difference in promoting engineering and the value of our programs to high schools.”

High schools in Texas were selected for the E 12 program based on the school demographics, TEA performance ratings, average SAT scores of seniors and the number of students attending Texas A&M from that school. The seniors were students admitted to the college of engineering for Fall 2013 while the juniors were invited to learn about the engineering programs and to consider applying for Fall 2014.

In spring 2013, E 12 receptions brought together prominent Aggie engineering graduates with Texas high school juniors and seniors and their parents, teachers and school administrators.

In April, four receptions were held across Texas:

  • Jacobs Engineering Inc. hosted a reception in Fort Worth for Robert L. Paschal high school
  • Dow Chemical Co. hosted a reception in Houston for Morton Ranch and West Side high schools
  • Bray International Inc. and Stress Engineering Services hosted another reception in Houston for Carver and Klein Forest high schools
  • Southwest Research Institute hosted a reception in San Antonio for John Marshall, Judson, Robert E. Lee and Roosevelt high schools

Chevron has hosted receptions in Del Rio since 2009. This year, Chevron instead awarded $10,000 in scholarships to students admitted to college of engineering from Del Rio.

During each reception, the E 12 students and their guests visited with professional engineers working in each of the sponsor industries, as well as engineering college staff and admissions and financial aid representatives. Students also heard from successful  Aggie engineering graduates about the impact of their education at Texas A&M on their professional lives.

Each reception concluded by awarding at least three $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships were provided by the host companies and the Texas A&M scholarships and financial aid office.