Entering STEM Careers Through Video Gaming and Art

The third segment in East Los Angeles College's Mixing Arts & Science series, May 15 from 6-8 p.m

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: May 14, 2014

Entering STEM Careers Through Video Gaming and Art

East Los Angeles College (ELAC), Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) Leaders On Fast Track program (LOFT), Department of Education, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and other partners present the third segment in ELAC's Mixing Arts & Science series on May 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the ELAC auditorium (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754).

The purpose is to introduce and encourage Latinos to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers through video gaming, in which Hispanics and other minorities are over indexed as users. Art is being added to the traditional STEM categories making it STEAM.

"At the core of LOFT's video gaming initiatives is the belief that using technology for social change or career paths is essential to not only the advancement of minority communities, but America as a nation," said Emanuel Pleitez, Chair of HHF and an LA native. "Through this creative partnership with ELAC, DOE and ESA, we are engaging youth on their terms, through video games. The link from playing a video game to developing one to computer coding, cybersecurity and other skills gap areas is part of the strategy for this effort in Los Angeles."

Event, titled "The Art of Video Games," will feature video gaming industry experts highlighting the connection between playing video games to developing them to entertaining careers in technology which would fill an ever-growing skills gap in America. Public officials and other leaders from the area will also participate including Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Pleitez, and Los Angeles City General Manager Jan Perry. The students will explore career opportunities, learn employment forecast, participate in interactive and hands-on demonstrations from video game companies, and form connections to help build a seamless integration of STEM and the Arts.

A reception will immediately follow the event. Registration is free and open to the public. Contact Martha C. Pelayo at pelayomc@elac.edu.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1987 which inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit Hispanic Heritage). Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of LOFT.

Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and @HHFoundation on Twitter.

HHF's award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 "Tracks," or industries, which are priorities for America including Innovation & Technology, Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Law, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas.

Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other and to mentors and resources; over 50 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Visit LOFT Innovation, and join LOFT Network to get on the fast track to leadership. Follow @LOFTinstitute on Twitter.

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