Day 10: A Tradition of Practical Experience

By on December 22, 2013

Business -Students at computerToday is Day 10 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial year.

Today we start The Top 10 Traditions that Form the Foundation of Miner Pride and Success.

10. A Tradition of Practical Experience

In 1914, Dean Steve Worrell announced the opening of the Texas School of Mines by placing recruitment advertisements in El Paso newspapers. The ads emphasized that the school’s location “at the center of one of the greatest mining districts in the world” provided a “splendid opportunity for practical experience.” The students who responded to Worrell’s call built a practice mine on campus, took summer field trips to the mines in the region, and witnessed the treatment of ores firsthand at the world’s second largest smelter. Graduates of the mining engineering program were prepared through practical experience to become leaders in the mines of the American southwest and northern Mexico.

Today the tradition of education through practical experience continues at UTEP through internships, student research, and experiential learning opportunities. UTEP students regularly land internships with the world’s leading technology, finance, and manufacturing corporations. Nursing students train in one of the largest healthcare simulation centers on a university campus. Student researchers collaborate with faculty on cutting-edge research. Future teachers spend time in area school classrooms. Practical experience moves today’s students toward graduation, promotes deeper learning, increases confidence, and improves job placement and career success.

Keith A. Erekson served as the Executive Director of UTEP's Centennial Celebration from December 2011 through May 2014. Learn more at