Monster Tech Fest lures future college students

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St. Philip’s third annual fest will offer demos in every department from IT to culinary arts.

By Gabriela Rodriguez

Illustration by Juan Carlos Campos

Illustration by Juan Carlos Campos

Free baked goods, a conjunto-punk band and hands-on activity booths will help introduce future college students to educational options at the Monster Tech Fest 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Southwest Campus of St. Philip’s College.

Representatives from welding, culinary arts, health, aircraft and other departments will inform and demonstrate what they can offer.

A savory appetizer demo and a raspberry pie demo will accompany information about culinary arts, while a virtual welding demo and manufacturing demo will provide information about the welding department.

There will also be a virtual auto paint sprayer demo, a series of short horror films and a special effects demo with the film department.

Academic Program Director Manuel Navarro predicts this to be the biggest Monster Tech Fest yet with new attractions and more outdoor activities.

“There will be more activity booths and a band for the first time,” he said.

Piñata Protest will perform from noon to 1 p.m. outside of Building 1.

Vocalist, accordion player and former student Alvaro Del Norte enjoys playing at festivals. He earned an associate degree in sociology from Palo Alto College and is proud to be a part of any event in the Alamo Colleges.

“They’re different from playing at clubs; they’re nice events,” Del Norte said.

Every performance is different, but his favorite thing is always the same.

“The sequence of emotions in their faces when they hear our music,” he said. “We have a very different sound — Tex-Mex punk rock — and getting people to move with the music and changing their mood is my favorite thing.”

Even though it is a recruiting event, Navarro invites all students and community members to attend.

The fest will also feature food trucks with barbecue, deli foods and snacks such as shaved ice cones. This will be the only thing attendees will need to pay for since all activities and demos will be free of charge.

The Halloween-themed recruiting event will highlight career technical programs from all St. Philip’s departments and it has shown an increase in enrollment since it started.

For more information, call Navarro at 210-486-7015.





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