The University of Tennessee’s EcoCAR 2 Communications Team is implementing a mentorship program with the nearby L&N STEM Academy as a part of its Educational Outreach program this year. This partnership allows a high school senior who is interested and talented in technical communication to join the team. Chris Salvemini was hand selected by the dean of his school, Mark Smith, because of his enthusiasm and achievement in writing. As Chris becomes integrated into the team, other members of the Communications Team serve as his mentors, helping him develop the skills he will need to advance in college.
Here’s what Chris has to say about his mentorship so far:
“Writing for my senior year is something I could not pass up, even when presented with chances in programming or engineering; and I didn’t expect it. I’ve been dabbling time within the Communications Team to enhance my skills in various areas that have roots in the STEM fields, such as website development, and research. Working on a team with college students puts me ahead of most other high school students and gives me a feel for what to expect. Finding a voice in journalism is also critical to any success in the field, and Team Tennessee has started me in the process of developing my own. The mentorship promises only good things, for the team, the community, and the individual. It is a situation in which everyone benefits, and I am excited for what it may bring later on in the year.”
Chris has been an asset to the team thus far, contributing to website design and blog post development. Team Tennessee has high hopes for Chris and is excited to watch his skills develop through this partnership.
Learn more about Team Tennessee and view some of Chris’s work at ecocar2.utk.edu
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