By Stuart Jantze, President ASCE Capital Branch
For the second straight year on 23 February 2011, members from ASCE’s Oregon Section / Capital Branch will host a future engineer’s day for area high school students who wish to learn more about engineering as a potential career path. Our plans for this year are to expand outside the Salem-Keizer School District and include high schools in the mid – Willamette Valley. Planning for this exciting event started in August 2010.
Last year, Capital Branch members, along with members of the Salem-Keizer Engineering Advisory Committee, held a future engineers day for approximately 150 high schools students. This event was held at the Salem Kroc Corps Community Center on 17 February 2010. Potential future engineers from the six public high schools were given the opportunity to meet with Oregon engineering colleges, have lunch with area engineers, listen to a presentation from engineering motivational speaker Celeste Baine, and tour local engineering businesses/projects. An article in the Salem Statesman Journal described the event.
The Capital Branch was the recipient of a $1,500 small grant available through the ASCE State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) program. This funding support, along with financial assistance from local engineering firms and businesses, helped make this event possible. For our outstanding work, we are receiving ASCE’s 2010 State Public Relations Award at the Presidents and Governors Forum in Washington DC on 3 October 2010.
This year, we plan to expand beyond Salem-Keizer and hope to include other high schools in the mid-Willamette Valley. We hope to keep the same, successful format as last year while expanding our outreach to approximately 300 students total. The date for the next Mid-Willamette Valley Future Engineers Day will be Wednesday, 23 February 2011. Other details are currently being planned.
Your assistance is needed to make this upcoming year’s event possible! Engineers are needed to interact with the students during the luncheon. This gives the potential future engineers an opportunity to ask questions of the professionals. We would like to improve the engineer to student ratio. Again, watch for details on how to become involved.
Planning support from outgoing and energetic individual is requested. Committee planning commences every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm and is hosted at WH Pacific in Salem.
Financial support from corporate and individuals is needed to fund this expanded event. Your small contributions will be used to promote engineering as a career path to mid- Willamette Valley high school students. Watch for details on how to support this event.
For questions regarding this event and offers of assistance or ideas for activities, please contact Stuart Jantze at Stuart.Jantze@state.or.us or (503) 378-2604.