Students from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School and Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School were starstruck to meet an out-of-this-world guest: former NASA astronaut and engineer Jose M. Hernandez.
Hernandez talked with the students at Mountain View College as part of SER National Community Day, which also featured a job fair. Hernandez, who is a migrant worker turned NASA astronaut and engineer, enthralled students with his life story. He also shared five tips that can help any person succeed.
Trini Garza ECHS Principal Macario Hernandez called the former astronaut an inspiration to all students.
“Jose Hernandez showed these students that anything is possible if they work hard and are determined,” Principal Hernandez said.
Community Day was added as part of SER National’s STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and as interest in SER’s year-round Robotics Program has grown. SER’s program is a hands-on educational experience, led by engineering students and professionals. The program also enhances middle and high school students’ academic, technical and leadership skills.