Port Arthur Junior Achievement

Annual Job-Shadow Event Connects Students and Engineers

BEAUMONT, Texas – Feb. 12, 2020 – Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle hosted over 150 high school students and 70 professional engineers from 15 local companies at its 9th Annual Engineering Job Shadow Lunch. Held at the Setzer Center on Lamar University Campus on February 12, the event was designed to spark student interest in engineering as a career path by showcasing various fields of engineering and the ways engineers contribute to our community and the world.

“This event is a great opportunity for math and science students to learn about a career choice that they may have never considered, “said Patricia Woolridge, area director for Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle. “The engineers and students explore basic scientific principles and engage in science experiments using common household items while talking over lunch.”

Woolridge added, “None of this would have been possible without support from our local engineers, our presenting sponsor Motiva Enterprises, and supporting sponsors ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips Chemicals, INVISTA Orange and Lamar University’s College of Engineering. Their continued support helps Junior Achievement achieve its mission of empowering youth to own their economic success.”

Participating schools were from Beaumont United, Beaumont Early College High School, Westbrook High School, Port Arthur Memorial, Port Neches-Groves, East Chambers, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Orangefield and Sabine Pass.   

“This event is unique to the Golden Triangle because we have volunteers from many local companies working together to encourage the next generation workforce to consider a career in engineering,” said Chris Plott, project manager for Motiva Port Arthur Chemicals.  “Our site is honored to be the presenting sponsor of this important educational event for the eighth consecutive year.”

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