This year, GM was among 30 teams to participate in the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Association Conference’s (HENAAC) College Bowl – a two-day interactive, high-energy competition, focused on showcasing the future leaders of America.
Over the past 24 years, HENAAC’s mission has been to identify, honor and document the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) professionals. HENAAC has evolved to include additional activities such as career fairs, professional and student seminars, recognition events, technical poster competitions, and the much anticipated HENAAC College Bowl.
“GM has supported HENAAC as a founding corporate partner for most of the past 24 years and have looked to HENAAC to identify and hire Hispanic talent into GM,” said Joe Ponce, HENAAC key organization liaison for GM and GM Global Operations Quality executive director.
After a four year hiatus, GM returned to HENAAC as the platinum sponsor with the goal to reengage with top young STEM talent, increase GM’s visibility as an employer of choice, and strengthen GM’s impact on future conferences.
This year, the HENAAC College Bowl was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort from Oct. 11 – 13. The HENAAC College Bowl provides a creative forum for students to showcase their skills and talents, teaches students important leadership and professional skills through carefully selected competition topics, and serves as a very effective method to identify top future leaders.
“It was incredibly exciting to see the creativity, enthusiasm and teamwork shown by the next generation of Hispanic STEM talent,” said Nydia Correa, GM HIT board member, Robust Engineering specialist.
GM HIT members Antoinette Fox, Jerry Villagrana, Nora Rincon, Noelia Correa and Nydia Correa led the GM team by mentoring, coaching and guiding a group of seven students from various national universities.
“The opportunity to mentor and guide the students in such a fun, competitive and interactive environment while representing GM was an amazing experience,” said Noelia Correa, GM HIT board member, Brake Component Development engineer.
GM has had a successful participation in the HENAAC College Bowl winning 3rd place in 2001 and 2008, and winning the Deal or No Deal Challenge in 2012. However, most importantly, GM inspired and mentored the next generation of Hispanic leaders.