Hundreds of JPS J.R.O.T.C. students are learning the basics of STEM and computer coding from educators and cadets of the Army’s highest ranking academy.    

One cadet, who graduated from the Metro area, came back to inspire others. 

Hundreds of students filled the auditorium at Jackson State University for the third annual West Point Military Academy leads workshop.

“What we’re trying to do is expose our students to the opportunities that exists and to let them know what skills and attributes they need in order to take advantage of those opportunities, said retired Col, Paul Willis, Director of Army Instruction at JPS.

Students heard from speakers like Governor Phil Bryant but one speaker stood out, West Point Cadet Emily McGowan.

“It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do since I got to West Point was to come back and speak.”

Technical expertise is a key tool in the military.

“We recently established the cyber branch and it’s very important… stem is very important a lot of things are becoming highly technical, “said McGowan.

Students took the opportunity to learn to build their own robots.

Cadet McGowan will graduate West Point in less than one-hundred days, then head to Ft. Seal in Oklahoma to work in field artillery.