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The Frank Greene Scholars excitedly await the interviews and sessions ahead.

Texas Instruments and the Frank Greene Scholars Program (GSP) sponsored a career fair recently at TI's Santa Clara, Calif. site, hosting 60 middle and high school college-bound African American Scholars, who came dressed for success with resumes in hand.

The students participated in mock interviews conducted by 35 professionals in the community, including 14 TI employees. In addition to the interviews, participants attended a workshop titled "Find a Career, Not A Job" and heard from a panel of six TI employees representing product development, marketing and sales within the company.

While the students were involved in these sessions, their parents heard from Human Resource professionals regarding what today's high tech companies are looking for in new employees, and younger students (3-5th grade) participated in an interactive workshop on developing social skills.

The 3-5th grade scholars participated in an interactive workshop on social skills.

The Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program is sponsored by the California Alliance of African American Educators and is a long-term initiative that promotes the development of a community of college-bound scholars focused on extending their academic gifts in science and math. The program's purpose is to increase the number of African American youth choosing science, technology, engineering and science (STEM) career paths through high school, college and into their professional lives. TI has an ongoing partnership with the GSP, providing funding and hosting their middle school summer science institute on campus the past two years.

Tommy Jewel, a TI engineer, volunteered as a speaker with the 3-5th graders, interviewed students and participated on the panel.

"I had a great time. All of the students were so impressive. The 3-5th graders asked great questions, including what adversities had I faced and how I dealt with them. The young man I interviewed was already so accomplished as a 10th grader – he had amazing academic and athletic achievements as well as community service. His answers showed great knowledge of what he wanted and where he was going. I'm leaving today inspired and feeling assured about the next generation of leaders."

TI employee Kelvin LeBeaux interviewed Najwa Muhammad, a six grader interested in science and fashion design.

Redeat Adane, an 8th grader at Bucsher Middle School in Santa Clara, plans to work in health or environmental science in the future. She said she enjoyed meeting the professionals and hearing their different perspectives.

"It was great to talk with people who relate to my interests. They gave me good advice – to trust my instincts and strive for my goals. I also learned that mentors are not just for students, but successful professionals also have mentors to help them in their careers. That was something I had not thought about before."

TI employees at its Santa Clara site have been involved with the GSP for more than a decade.

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