POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 10:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 9:53am
EL PASO- They're starting them young. The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and EPISD are encouraging middle school students to pursue a career in medicine.
On Saturday, sixth grade students will meet at the Paul Foster School of Medicine to learn more about the healthcare field.
When 11-year-old Kylie Thomas received an invitation from her school, inviting her to participate, she quickly signed up.
"I really love science, so and I don't know really what I want to do when I grow up, so it will help me decide,” said Thomas.
EPISD Director of College Readiness, Nancy Evans, says the district wants younger students to start planning their future.
"We always wanted middle school parents and students because research shows that a middle school student makes up their determination whether they are going to college or not,” said Evans.
The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce says that there is a shortage of qualified medical workers in The Sun City, and they want parents to know that college is possible for their child.
"They can get their questions answered about how can I afford to put my child through school, where funding is available and how to begin now,” said Chamber of Commerce President Richard Dayoub.
Kylie's mother Monika Bustamante, who is an educator herself, is thankful her daughter is planning ahead.
"Hopefully she'll have a passion for what she wants to do in life and finds something,” said Bustamante.
The educational tour is set to take place on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until noon.
Log onto http://adventureforyourfuture.eventbrite.com  to register.