Young Automations Professionals Festival

Both young automation professionals and college students interested in careers in automation will have an opportunity to network in a casual, festive atmosphere when Lee College hosts YAPFEST 2012.

Established in 2006, the Young Automations Professionals Festival (YAPFEST) provides students, age 18-30, interested in careers in automation with an opportunity to meet and learn from leading industrial companies and members of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

“Here at Lee College we have one of the largest student memberships in the world,” explained Tex Woodall, lead instrumentation technology instructor at Lee College. “Through scholarships, mentoring and networking, ISA helps prepare our students to hit the job market with the knowledge and confidence to take on any role they come across.

“Additionally, through their website, ISA is able to provide members with the latest research on Instrumentation and Automation. Our students use this information to help them to understand what Instrumentation and Automation is and how it revolves around the world we live in. ”

The organization’s annual event, which will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Lee College Student Center, will feature live music, vendor booths, door prizes and food. A special presentation by Goose Creek CISD’s FIRST Robotics team, as well as a “mentorship area,” where students can meet with other young professionals in the field, will also be available.

“This event is a great networking tool for the students, as it will feature both students from other schools as well as employers,” Woodall continued. “Most importantly, this is an opportunity for participants to find out more about jobs that may be coming down the road, locations that may be getting ready to see an increase in job chances, or just make a couple of good friends.”

YAPFEST 2012 is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Tex Woodall at 832.556.4518.