Last week, fifty local high schoolers visited Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) to explore careers in nursing, medicine, and biomedical research.
The visiting students from El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, which defines “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” as homeless. This includes youth living in motels, shelters, cars, parks, or public spaces.
During their visit, the students toured the campus and networked with TTUHSC El Paso students and faculty members. They also learned about financial aid, scholarship opportunities,and the college admissions process.
“We don’t know the impact that we can make on these kids unless we try,” says EPISD’s Homeless Liaison Olivia Narvaez. “I hope this event will open their eyes to the medical field and inspire them to think outside the box.”
Photos by Tommie Morelos, Office of Institutional Advancement.