SPC student chosen to visit NASA in March

A rocket takes flight at Kennedy Space Center

Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) student Ramiro Cabanas Garcia has received an invitation to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Onsite Experience at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in March 2020.

Garcia’s application to NCAS was accepted in fall 2019, but that was just the beginning! Next, he completed an intense five-week online course, which ultimately resulted in this prestigious all-expense-paid invitation. The Co-PIs and Project Manager of the B2B program have been working on both creating on-campus undergraduate research experiences (URE) and locating UREs and internships in the STEM industry right here in Florida.

Beginning his academic journey at SPC in the 2018 summer term as part of the 2018 Summer of Success (SOS) cohort at the Seminole Campus, Garcia became a part of the inaugural B2B cohort that same term. Because of his active participation with the program, he was selected to travel with the alliance to Phoenix for the 2019 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering (SHPE) Convention.

A male student stands in front of an engineering project on a table.

Garcia is working toward a degree in Aerospace Engineering and plans to transfer to the University of South Florida. He shared that even though he’s not sure what the activities will be for this onsite experience, he believes that this opportunity will give him an idea of what engineering fieldwork looks like and how it operates. He is grateful to SPC for this amazing opportunity.

“SPC really helped me with the application process,” he said. “Magaly Tymms was very helpful with the reference letter, considering she had a background in engineering. And of course, the B2B program has helped tremendously with my work ethic and networking skills. I couldn’t have done it without them.” 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1712738. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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