The Roberto Rocca Technical School (ETRR, by its initials in Spanish) had its second graduated generation 2017-2020, comprised of 120 young technicians from high schools in Mechatronics and Electromechanical engineering.
Karla Sepulveda began her journey at the Roberto Rocca Technical School (ETRR) in 2017 with a technical degree in mechatronics. Today, after three years, she graduates with the conviction to continue her studies after receiving great experiences from teachers and friends.
“Thanks to Ternium, I was able to finish my high school studies with a near to 100% scholarship,” said 18-year-old Karla. She is also the first place in the second generation of students from the Roberto Rocca Technical School, during the graduation ceremony held this 21st of August while facing the COVID-19 situation.
She is one of the 120 young people that are part of this ETRR generation dubbed by Ternium as the generation of Strength and Persistence due to all the challenges that students faced during this coronavirus pandemic.
During the virtual ceremony, which was followed by more than 430 people, Máximo Vedoya, CEO at Ternium, acknowledged each of the students and thanked the teachers’ team.
“You finished the year while facing new and complex circumstances; I want to congratulate you because of that achievement. This adaptation, the reaction needed to adjust to the reality you are now facing, is what is going to help you move forward outside of the school environment,” he said.
Of the 120 students, 31% of whom were women, and 69% men, 57 of them studied the technical degree in electromechanics, and 63 did it in mechatronics. Every young student from this generation had a scholarship of up to 99%, thanks to the support given by Ternium and 16 other companies that joined this project.
A total of 114 students did professional fieldwork throughout 27 different companies, 38 of them did it in one of the company’s plants. While 59% of the students will continue their studies in some local universities, the rest of them will begin their employment history to support their families financially.
Cesar Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer at Ternium Mexico, highlighted the effort that each of the students made to get to this point, even while facing the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic might have presented them.
“To those graduating, I wish you great success in what is coming for you, and I hope that all the experiences and learnings that you harvested transform into achievements in the future. Remember that the Roberto Rocca Technical School is and will always be your home. Thanks a lot, and congratulations to everyone”, he said.
Starting this generation, we handed the Roberto Rocca Education Program scholarships to ETRR students, an initiative that the Techint Organization promotes so that distinguished young people can finish their college studies related to Engineering and Applied Sciences.
This year, Ternium and Tecpetrol will give scholarship support to seven students who have not failed any subject during these three years, who have concluded their studies with a minimum average of 85, and who have taken part in community activities.