AT&T Employees from HACEMOS Offer Mentoring, Training & Guidance to Students from Washington, DC

Cardozo High School students among 3,000 students involved in Annual High Tech Day

The AT&T Employee Resource Group HACEMOS is helping put Latino students in Washington, DC and nationwide in the driver’s seat of their future. The 19th Annual National High Technology Day offers students a look at the possibilities in education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

In collaboration with Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital (CIS), around 30 students from Cardozo High School on February 24 learned about careers in technology at mentoring events at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy – the company’s newest location in Washington, DC.

They’re among more than 3,000 high school students from 35 different cities taking part in High Tech Day events. There also are 2 events scheduled in Mexico. The events included discussion, mentorship, tours of AT&T tech facilities and workshops.

During the event at the AT&T Forum, students learned more about the AT&T’s latest innovations and careers with the company. They experienced the latest in virtual reality - the touch-enabled presentation workspace – and visited the interactive DIRECTV studio and control room. Students also spent time with AT&T mentors to learn about their professional and academic histories. And, they learned more about the dangers of smartphone distractions while driving as part of AT&T’s It Can Wait initiative.

Ellen London, executive director of CIS of the Nation’s Capital said the event helps students visualize their futures and plan their careers.

“AT&T is always a great resource for our students at Cardozo, and today is especially important for our Latino students from the International Academy,” said London. “We are so grateful that they had the chance to participate in an interactive exploration of STEM careers and welcoming, engaging conversations with AT&T professionals. This is a great time for these dedicated students to visualize their futures and see a path to an exciting career.”

Celeste Carrasco, president of the DC HACEMOS chapter and lead of this year’s event added: “I am extremely proud of the dedication and commitment AT&T employees have in motivating these young minds. I have led the efforts for High Tech Day in DC for four years, and I have witnessed the impact the mentors have on the students and the spark of renewed inspiration the students impart on the mentors.”

HACEMOS has joined forces with Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), technical staffing firm Kelly Mitchell, and AT&T Aspire to give students hands-on experiences that offer a glimpse into the opportunities STEM offers.

According to a 2015 report by Excelencia in Education, the number of Latinos in STEM has increased over the years. But, Latinos still make up a very small percentage of STEM professionals.

“We are committed to improving the quality of life in Hispanic communities. This includes bridging the gap when it comes to education and access,” says Cinthya Allen, national president, HACEMOS.

More than 22,000 students have taken part in the event since the first National High Tech Day in 1998.

“Our theme this year is ‘STEM to the Future/STEM para el Futuro.’ We strongly believe educating our youth now will help them plan for their future,” says Dawn Cordero, associate director, Global Command Operations, AT&T and 2017 National High Tech Day Director. "Exposure will help them understand the benefit of finishing high school and pursuing a career in technology.”

HACEMOS is a leading Latino employee group at AT&T. The ERG first launched in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas. HACEMOS currently has more than 11,000 employee members in the U.S.

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