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NMSU hosts Taking the Pentagon to the People event

This past weekend, Taking the Pentagon to the People allowed students, faculty and community members to learn about potential career opportunities suitable for them. New Mexico State University, along with the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, hosted the two-day event at the Corbett Center Student Union March 27-28.

New Mexico State University hosted the Taking the Pentagon to the People event in the Corbett Center Student Union March 27-28, 2024. (Photo courtesy of NMSU)

TTPTTP is an event prepared by the Department of Defense and the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The event offers various opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and education, among others. 

DoD’s program hires many people for internships and jobs toward their career path, but it also informs attendees of the benefits of working with them. This is a route to immediately connect students and alumni with DoD recruiters, leaders and executives that can help push them in the right direction.  

According to the Taking the Pentagon to the People event coordinator, Kellye McGrew, community members were able to learn more about future job opportunities offered by the Department of Defense and other programs during the two-day event in the Corbett Center Student Union March 27-28. (Photo by Jaclyn Ruiz/Kokopelli)

Nationwide speakers discussed these opportunities with participants through mock interviews, a presidential roundtable, elevator pitches and information tables. University leaders, including presidents, chancellors, vice presidents and researchers spoke during the presidential roundtable to bring ideas, changes and opportunities to the table.

This event contained 35 DoD recruiters and 11 local recruiters, including members from the White Sands Detachment of Naval Surface Warfare, Doña Ana Community College Workforce Development and Career Readiness, and the El Paso Community College career services team.

According to the event coordinator, Kellye McGrew, TTPTTP introduced new career ideas to locals by allowing students and faculty members to learn more about future job opportunities with DoD.  “I love doing this event for the benefit it has for the students,” McGrew said. “Students can walk away with knowledge that they didn’t have before.”  

As attendees were advised to bring their resumes to the event, many students got on-the-spot interviews with recruiters. Most students made connections for future employment and began thinking about the workforce after graduation.  

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