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Johnson Speaks at HCC Forum

Matt Johnson, Transportation, Pearland, served as a guest panelist at the "So You Want to be an Engineer?" event in Houston Community College's Grad Job Lead series. The April 15 session, at the HCC Northwest – Alief Campus, drew about 80 prospective students who wanted to learn more about engineering careers and HCC's new engineering program.

Matt and the other engineers, who represented companies such as ConocoPhilips and Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, helped prospective students understand what engineering is about and the types of work that engineers do. They also shared career tips, such as how to look for a job and what pitfalls to avoid, and answered questions from the audience.

The program, which will begin in the fall, is a partnership between HCC and the University of Texas at Tyler. After completing their first two years at the Alief Campus, students will immediately be admitted into UT Tyler, and they will take their engineering classes in the same building. (The Alief Campus is in the heart of Houston's Westchase District, putting students in close proximity to many area engineering firms.) From freshman year through graduation, students will pay only $20,000 for an ABET-accredited engineering degree. "It's a great opportunity for a lot of people who wouldn't be able to go to school otherwise," Matt says.

Pictured: Dr. Keith Reed, Jenita Thompson, Evan Lamoreux, Dr. Zachary Hodges, HCC Trustee Sandie Mullins, Jose Manuel Lopez and Matt Johnson.

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