Have you ever thought about giving back to the Austin community? Check out how our Luminex Corporation employees did!
Luminex Corporation participated in the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Austin Public Schools Career Day. KIPP is a network of free, open enrollment public schools that provide an excellent education to historically underserved low-income students in East Austin. KIPP focuses on college readiness, character development, and lifelong wellness for their students.
The alteration KIPP makes in its students is astonishing. For example, KIPP students attend 67% more school than their counterparts in traditional public school, and they also take on an active and lasting relationship with their students. Check out their website for more information on how you can get involved with KIPP! http://www.kippaustin.org/
Luminex was invited to the Career Day because they were in the process of getting an intern from KIPP. The student is currently the first high school student to ever intern with Luminex. There were five Luminex speakers who participated in this event, including engineers and scientists Eric Lundquist, Zeeshan Ahmad, Eva Oleksy, Ginger Gillen, and Erica Lopez. Each participant spoke for roughly 15 minutes about their respective life journey, including things like the their college selection process, college life, what it took for them to get where they are today, job experiences, and what they enjoy about their job. Some of the participants brought demonstrations for the kids, such as Eva Oleksy who showed a video of a child who lives in a state where new born testing is not done. Eric Lundquist and Zeeshan Ahmad also demonstrated how one of the Luminex instruments works and explained its functionality. Largely, the participants stated that it was great to be a part of the community and give back by sharing their experiences with others.
In reflection of the event, Erica Lopez said, “Overall, it was a great experience. As an organizer and a participant, I would be excited to do it again with Luminex.”
To see more photos of the event, check out our Facebook page.