“Establishing Career Roots through STEM Education” was held at the North Hills High School on Jan. 30, 2013.
The keynote speaker was Joy Ruff, who is the community outreach manager for the Marcellus Shale Corp. She fielded questions from high school students who represented North Hills, Avonworth, Cornell, Montour and Quaker Valley.
The questions ranged from what to think of Marcellus Shale, how to prepare for careers in the oil and gas industry, and whether the development of the oil and gas industry in the United States would create an energy-independent America.
Amy Cribbs, from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, and Dave Barkovich, dean of students of North Hills School District along with the administration, faculty and staff of North Hills School District and different companies represented, provided a very informative and collaborative environment for high school students.
An open forum in the auditorium offered opportunity to ask questions related to different STEM careers with various companies and educators including but not limited to engineering, medicine, construction, innovation and alternative energy.
Different panels were designated to various classrooms, which included the Science and Mathematics aspects of STEM, Technical Aspect of STEM, and the Engineering Aspect of STEM.
The companies represented were: Aerotech Inc., Marcellus Shale Corp., Nationwide Financial, Pittsburgh Steelers, WTAE-TV, Builders Guild of Western PA, Print-o-Stat, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, 4moms.com, Westinghouse Electric Co., UPMC Physician Services, PJ Dick, Trumbull, Lindy Paving, Bayer, Pittsburgh Super Computer Center, PPG Industries, Earth Inc., and Green Mountain Energy. Shaler Township was also represented.
The education providers represented were: University of Pittsburgh Swanson Engineering, University of California of PA, CCAC, STEMM Academy, A.W. Beattie Career Center, Kaplan Career Center, Carnegie Science Center, Rosedale Technical Institute, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, ITT Technical Institute, and the Northland Public Library.
The military personnel represented were Carnegie Mellon University Naval ROTC, Triangle Tech, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Reserves, and U.S. Marine Corps.
The next career symposium for business, information, government and law will be held on Feb. 25th at Robert Morris University. Please refer to Business and Education Connected's website for more details: business-education-connected.com
By Aafke Loney, Business and Education Connected