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VSCP to be highlighted in December edition of Career Pathway Webinars

Joe Mask, Ph.D.
Joe Mask, Ph.D.

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases’ (IIAD) Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP) will be highlighted in the December edition of the National 4-H and Lockheed Martin Corporations’ Career Pathways Webinar.

The webinar, scheduled for the Dec. 8, at 11 a.m., will be led by Joe W. Mask, Ph.D., assistant professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist housed at IIAD. Mask oversees VSCP – including planning, training and evaluating results of the program – and travels the country to provide training on subject matter, career skills and instruction techniques to VSCP participants. During the webinar, he will be sharing his experience with and knowledge of the Program, including implementation of VSCP and available training opportunities.

VSCP provides preparatory training for those who wish to pursue an associate, undergraduate, graduate or professional degree in veterinary sciences. It provides knowledge, motivation and skills necessary to pursue their career goals. The program – which ranks among the largest sets of resources available to students and teachers who wish to enter the paraprofessional realm -is open to students at participating high schools, 4-H programs and as an independent self-study program.

The Career Pathways Webinars were created in response to the U.S. deficit of highly-capable technical talent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The webinars aim to attract more diverse youth who otherwise would have been disinterested or considered themselves ill-equipped for STEM fields, change perceptions of engineering and engineering careers and combine deeper STEM experiences with continuous team building and leadership.

The webinars are around 30 to 45 minutes. They will be recorded and will be aired live to participating middle schools, high schools and other youth serving organizations. Participating states include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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