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The WIT program is for high school students who have interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding and/or careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More specifically, the program is designed for mentoring and encouragement to prepare students for STEM-rich programs at universities, two-year technical colleges, and technical certificate programs. By participating in WIT, students gain exposure to higher education and career opportunities while building the confidence to consider further STEM education. While the founding emphasis is based in nuclear energy and technology applications, the program is broadly open to all aspects of STEM applications. The WIT program engages students through local sponsors within participating schools in the State of Texas.

WIT offers benefits and opportunities such as:

  • Provides the educational tools and essential support to pursue educational professional opportunities in STEM technical fields.
  • Sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) at Texas A&M University in cooperation with schools and industry

What do WIT participants do?

  • Mentoring through the Power BUG program
  • Enjoy mentoring activities by industry professionals
  • Visit local industry partners
  • Participate in industry job shadowing
  • Take part in professional development activities
  • Visit universities and community colleges
  • Participate in community service
  • Hear from and meet guest speakers
  • Have scholarship opportunities

How do I join WIT?

To be eligible for WIT you must

  • Be 14 years of age or older;
  • Be in the 11th  or 12th grade of a Texas high school;
  • Have an unweighted GPA of 3.0
  • Meet the organization's character requirements
  • Submit an application for membership
  • Take part in the interview process
  • Have an interest in pursuing a STEM technical degree;
Power BUG (Building, Uniting, and Growing)

Power BUG is a WIT-supported program with a yearlong commitment between a WIT member mentor and a Power BUG mentee. The Power BUG group provides WIT members an opportunity to give back by interacting and mentoring young elementary and middle school students — engaging them in academic activities that impassion these students to stay focused on a strong STEM path. Power BUG creates a spark that ignites a unique collaborative, nurturing relationship between older and younger students interested in pursuing STEM.
The Workforce Industry Training (WIT) program is funded and supported by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), a joint center of Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).
The mission of the Nuclear Power Institute is to develop the “necessary workforce” by supporting the continuing and emerging clean industries and innovations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) needs across the State of Texas.