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AITP Members Support STEM Events in Southern California

Wednesday, April 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Al Strong, Association Director

If you live in the Southern California area, then May 5th of any year is a significant date here. Cinco de Mayo or the 5th of May celebrates the victory of the Mexican troops over the French in the city of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. Because much of Southern California has its roots in the Mexican community, in this area, we celebrate that victory.

However on this date in 2013 something new will be celebrated. Many of the people in the Los Angeles area will spend that date at the California Science Center, the home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

The reason many of your fellow AITP members will be at the Science center has to do with a worthy cause of helping and mentoring young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, or STEM.

A group called STEM Advantage is raising money and has put their first annual fundraiser together to finance the program's scholarship and honor the students selected for the STEM Advantage program. Those in attendance will get a close up view of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and take photos to remember this event.

Stem Advantage is conceived by Information Technology professionals, and has solicited members of several groups. This is a prime example of how organizations can work together for a worthy cause. The people who run this group come from AITP, from SIM and from the UCLA IS Associates, and all work harmoniously toward a common goal.

Additionally, several firms have lent their support toward helping young women enter the STEM areas. They are Toyota Motors, Toyota Financial Services, Spacex, DirectV, Fox Studios, Counter Point Systems, Watson Land Company and Cognizant. Cal State Dominguez Hills has taken the lead in where the Internships will obtain their training.

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