Engineers reach out to students

Engineers reach out to students


Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, who lived about 2,600 years ago, is credited with the phrase, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Last week in Mississippi, dozens of high school girls took their first steps to a STEM career, thanks to female employees from across the company.

During National Engineers Week, several female engineers from different disciplines spoke with high school students in Meridian, Moss Point and Pass Christian about the world of opportunity presented by studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We reached hundreds of students at four events and the response was wonderful,” Community Development Representative Ann Holland said. “Our employees were so energetic and ready to share their stories, and the students had so much fun with the activities.”

On Wednesday in Meridian, almost a dozen employees took part in the iCan: Girls in Engineering program with Northeast Lauderdale High School. The event was held at Meridian Community College’s Riley Workforce Development Center.

One day later in Meridian, several employees spoke with students at the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center, which is the state’s oldest and largest vocational center. The students are taking part in the “Project Lead the Way” curriculum.

Also on Thursday, two engineers and a chemist from Plant Daniel led 15 students from Moss Point High School’s Career and Technical Center through a modified version of the iCan program.

“The girls were very engaged in the activities and I think they realized that you can have fun with science and engineering,” Plant Daniel Engineering and Operations Manager Kim Washington said.

The week of activities wrapped up Friday as Engineer Vivian Rodriguez attended Career Day at Pass Christian Middle School.

“It was a great week of community interaction,” Holland said. “We had fun and hopefully we inspired some future employees.”

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