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Archive for August, 2020

September 15 – Future of Travel

Monday, August 31st, 2020

CTS LIFE MEMBER And CTCN Sep 15 Joint Meeting – Future of Travel

Title: Future of Travel

Speaker: Gina Murgatroyd

Abstract: The COVID-19 Pandemic had stopped us from long-distance traveling and some of us decided to stay in place in the past six months. Airlines had provided more safety features now. Cruise lines have begun to roll out enhanced safety measures to ensure a safe return to sea for all guests and crew, in compliance with guidelines set by medical experts, global health authorities, and local port regulations. The beauty of this world is waiting for us to explore when it is safe for us to travel.

For this talk, Gina Murgatroyd will introduce the group with a brief background of her company Expedia Cruises Travel Agency, and the relationship with the Expedia Cruises, Air Land, and Sea. Gina will give a short overview of travel today and what we may expect for the rest of 2020 and 2021, the Future of Travel. She will introduce the rest of the travel specialists panel: Mary Jo Salas with AM Resorts, Kyle Bodden with Celebrity Cruises as well as a representative with Kensington Land Tours to offer their insights and improved services. The panel will answer any travel-related question from you during the Q and A session.

Speaker Bio: Gina Murgatroyd, with a lifelong passion for travel and a desire to work in the travel industry throughout her adult life, made her dream come true and became the owner of the Austin Expedia Cruise in May 2018. Her company is a full-service travel agency, and continue to book all types of worldwide travel. Gina’s brick and mortar agency is located in Great Hills Station, at the corner of Research Blvd and Great Hills Trail, in NW Austin. Gina or one of her travel professionals will be happy to help with a quick inquiry or get the personal touch and local service to help plan your next spectacular vacation.


August 18 Texas A&M University Engineering Academies: A New Pathway to a Premier Engineering Degree

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Abstract: The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College gives students a path to success at a quality engineering school while starting close to home. The Engineering Academy program is the first engineering transition program of its kind in the United States. Engineering academies students are co-enrolled with Texas A&M and partner community colleges across the state. After one to two years, students transition to Texas A&M to complete their bachelor’s degree in any of the 22 majors offered in the College of Engineering.

The Texas Workforce Commission projects the need for engineers in the central Texas region to grow by 25% in the next decade. The rising costs of education and limited family resources cause a need for many students to start at a community college before moving to a university. However, access to a premier university and getting accepted into an engineering school is a daunting task.

The Engineering Academy model addresses these affordability, access, and inclusion problems head-on and provides qualified students with an organized and affordable pathway to success as an engineering student. This talk will give an overview of the program and the success that has been achieved in the first few years of this new and innovative program.

Speaker: Shana Shaw, Austin Community College
Shana Shaw is one of the most social and artistic engineers you may ever meet. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University.  Work experience in education, automotive, petroleum, and satellite communications rounds out her diverse industry experience of over twenty years.  She has held technical engineering positions in manufacturing and product design, as well as engineering and program management positions in her various industry assignments.  In the education arena, Shana has taught in kindergarten through master’s level classes over the years.  She has served as an academic and life coach, helping students with skills such as time management, note taking, goal setting, study skills, and learning styles.  Shana currently teaches at Texas A&M University and Austin Community College.  Her goal is to inspire her students and children to look at the world in a different way while emphasizing the practical application of learning.  Her hobbies include acting, music, and sports.
Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
Time: Presentation starts at 6:00 pm.  Enter the meeting anytime after 5:45 pm.
Location: WebEx
Cost: None
Reservations: Please RSVP using the vTools link You will be emailed connection instructions prior to the meeting.
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