NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students at Stephen F. Austin State University will have the chance to meet with and hear from professionals at STEM Connect, hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, in the Cole STEM Building, Room 402.

Representatives from CK Associates, an environmental consulting firm, and Apache Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Houston, as well as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Department of Public Safety, will discuss their careers and how students can prepare for the future during a panel and one-on-one dialogues.

“STEM Connect provides an opportunity for students to interface with STEM professionals and discuss real-world career connections of SFA classroom experiences to key concepts and core principles needed to support innovation, problem-solving and creativity on the job,” said Dr. Kimberly M. Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. “SFA students benefit both personally and educationally as they develop a more complete sense of STEM career expectations and satisfaction.”

Students in attendance will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from panelists about the opportunities in the STEM fields.

“STEM will always be a part of the earth’s DNA because it gives solutions in a world filled with problems,” said Chikere Ogbonnaya, SFA alumnus and senior geoscientist with the Apache Corporation. “Be open to learning new skills that put you in a better position to offer solutions.”

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