SIPI’s First Satellite Uplink Conference a Success

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM) staged the college’s first satellite uplink video conference on Careers in Science and Technology last September. Facilitated by SIPI Distance Learning Technician Gary Garrison, the conference was sent to the 30 other colleges in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) system. It was made possible by a grant to AIHEC from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The conference panelists focused on the availability of advanced technology jobs and the necessary academic background to secure those jobs. Panelists agreed that a strong foundation in college level mathematics (calculus), science (chemistry, physics), and computer programming are crucial.

Panelists included Anita Abrego (Lummi and Quinault), an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.; Sandra Begay-Campbell (Navajo), a senior technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Mel Yawakie (Zuni), a member of the technical staff at U.S. West Communications in Denver.

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