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LU hosts Construction Career Academy

gO SETXThe Lamar University College of Education and Human Development will host the gOlden Opportunities for Southeast Texas Construction Career Academy (gO SETX Construction Career Academy) from July 20-25. The free one-week residential camp serves incoming ninth-grade Southeast Texas students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Twenty-four students are participating in this year’s camp.

“The camp was founded to address the STEM crisis by giving students a real world application for skills taught in the classroom,” said Otilia Urbina, executive director of gO SETX Construction Career Academy. “The goal is for students to be exposed to the different STEM careers available and give them a taste of the different options out there.”

The students live in a Cardinal Village residence hall for one week where they have an

opportunity to experience college life, interact with STEM construction mentors and participate in hands-on STEM construction lab activities including architecture design, landscaping and interior design.

“Students attend three classes a day in which they learn skills such as how to build a scale model house, draw out floor plans and create house interiors,” said Urbina. “At the end of the day, students gain confidence that they are capable of accomplishing skills seen as professional.”

Students are eligible to participate if they have at least a “B” average in mathematics and science and have received a recommendation from their mathematics and science teachers to be considered for participation in the camp.

For more information on the gOlden Opportunities for Southeast Texas Construction Career Academy, contact Otilia Urbina at