Intel employees visited Neil Armstrong Middle School last week to talk about overcoming adversity.

COURTESY PHOTO - Intel employees of various races speak with Neil Armstrong Middle School students about how to reach their career goals and overcome challenges. About 40 Neil Armstrong Middle School students received the opportunity to spend Thursday, Jan. 11, with Intel employees of color in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The students participated in a scavenger hunt with clues revealing how each guest employee embarked on their career path, adressing their personal struggles as middle school students and up until adulthood. They also spoke about how they overcame these obstacles.

Over lunch, students talked about their career goals and life aspirations with the Intel volunteers, who helped them outline how they might get there.

The number of students from most racial minority groups going into technology-driven careers is disproportionate to white and Asian students entering those fields.COURTESY PHOTO - Middle school students listen to Intel employees talk about how they emabarked on their careers in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The event aims to inspire students of color in their lives and careers, said middle school principal Osvaldo Garcia-Contreras, who plans to invite the Intel volunteers back every few months.

"Each Intel volunteer shared amazing stories of endurance, grit, and survival," said NAMS dean of students Thomas Sepulveda. "It was certainly an inspiration to most of the audience given that all of them come from minority populations."

Garcia-Contreras also plans to continue developing community partnerships with the middle school, he said.

"There is clear potential within our reach to empower students to find hope and make the necessary adjustments to overcome the adversities that have become barriers and impediments to great performance," said the principal.

By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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