Red-carpet premiere to showcase MIRA student videos

It’s Laredo, not Hollywood, but for 10 highly motivated South Texas college students, this red-carpet premiere will be special. The students will receive “Oscars” for videos they will present as the final activity of their participation in Make It Real Academy (MIRA), a program of the UT Health Science Center’s Regional Campus in Laredo.

6:30-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20

The auditorium of the D.D. Hachar Building on the UT Health Science Center campus, 1937 E. Bustamante St.

Bilingual interviews of college students and MIRA program leaders from the UT Health Science Center will be available.

MIRA is a hands-on program to help college students better understand what is involved in pursuing a career in the allied health professions. Sponsored by the UT Health Science Center’s School of Health Professions, the camp provides hands-on activities in such fields as physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, clinical laboratory sciences and others.

After a field trip to the UT Health Science Center campus in San Antonio on Aug. 11 and 12, the students went on rotations this week with health professionals in Laredo to see the careers in action. As part of the program, the students worked in groups to produce videos about the different professions.

At the red-carpet premiere Saturday night, the college students will show their videos for the first time and receive an “Oscar” symbolizing their completion of the program, as well as excellence in video production, similar to the Academy Awards received for outstanding film work in Hollywood.

MIRA is sponsored through a grant from the South Texas Outreach Foundation of Laredo.


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