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Skillpoint Alliance Honors Tricia S. Berry with the Unlocking Potential Award

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At our Human Capital Honors luncheon on September 16, Tricia S. Berry was awarded the Unlocking Potential Award. Tricia was recently named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector and is currently the Director of the Women in Engineering program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a huge activist for recruiting women into STEM related career fields and has worked with Skillpoint Alliance for over a decade to reach this underrepresented group.

Skillpoint has been a supporter of the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, and this partnership has grown to reach a wide range of girls interested in STEM education. For Tricia, this partnership has seen a monumental impact in the community including the national award winning Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. That program has grown to reach over 2,000 1st – 8th grade girls annually and Skillpoint brings hands-on STEM activities to engage participants.

Skillpoint also has embraced the best practice resources disseminate by TxGCP including Water Works underwater LEGO robotics, PBS SciGirls hands-on STEM curriculum, Role Models Matter, and Effective STEM Messaging and Marketing to Engage Girls (and All Kids) in STEM. “Given the industry in Central Texas and across Texas, it is important for students in our area to have access to STEM education and opportunities both in school and outside of school”, said Tricia. “We have to introduce kids to STEM activities, STEM role models and the impact of STEM on our everyday lives if we want to create a workforce in the future that meets the needs of our companies, hospitals, non-profits and other organizations that use and create technology.”

We would like to congratulate Tricia S. Berry on her continued efforts to expand STEM. We are honored to have her as a supporter and collaborator.