Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Texas Connecting Students with Jobs of Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 12, 2010  •  Dallas, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today presented the Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium (TETC) with a $150,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to help establish the Center for College and Career Preparedness for the All Across Texas (AAT) internship program. The center will make it easier for college students, teachers and administrators to request speakers, schedule field trips, register site tours and connect with professional development resources.

"There is great economic opportunity in Texas, and we have plenty of young people with the mental horsepower it takes to complete a high-tech degree, so we're working harder to connect the two," Gov. Perry said. "The All Across Texas internship program is the next step in our efforts to improve the quality of education in our state and further groom our workforce of the future to compete in the global marketplace."

The AAT program provides a single point of outreach for 30 companies to market 200 paid internships to students, in addition to providing students with professional and leadership development and mentoring. Any student enrolled in an accredited engineering or computer science bachelor's degree program at any Texas university or college is eligible to participate.

Students are directed to internship opportunities on each company's web page via the AAT website, locating internships regardless of geography. Interns are required to participate in professional development opportunities, including lectures, demonstrations and mentoring by industry experts.

TETC is a partnership between industry, higher education and government officials that works to increase the quantity and quality of baccalaureate-level engineers and computer scientists, as well as foster cooperative relationships between industry and institutions of higher education that offer engineering and computer science degrees.

For more information about the AAT program, please visit

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