WSSC Participates in ATLAS Symposium at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAUREL, MD – April 8, 2015:  WSSC will be on Maryland’s Eastern Shore tomorrow to participate in an Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) symposium at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), in partnership with MdBio Foundation. This is the first ATLAS event to be held at a Historically Black College or University and an inaugural event for UMES. Over 200 STEM undergraduate and high school attendees are expected.

“WSSC is excited to participate in its second ATLAS symposium to highlight the importance of STEM careers,” said Yvette Parker, Unit Coordinator for WSSC’s Utility Management Group. “We want students to understand the diverse opportunities that are available and begin to think about the path that they want to pursue.”

Parker will serve as a panelist to discuss her academic background in biology as well as her work as a lab technician, industrial investigator and current role at WSSC: to research, manage and coordinate investigations of sanitary sewer overflows and monitor adherence to federal and state environmental regulations.

WSSC encourages STEM education to help prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists who will continue the utility’s vital work into the future. Approximately 70 percent of UMES students are residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, the communities that comprise WSSC’s service area.

“We greatly value our partnership with WSSC for the ATLAS program,” said Brian Gaines, CEO of the MdBio Foundation. “WSSC understands the importance of STEM education for students, and that offering them unique opportunities to learn, listen and network with STEM professionals will help them as they make important future education and careers decisions.”

The ATLAS career symposium provides an important space for Maryland students to learn more about exciting careers in STEM through keynote presentations, individual conversations and career panels with professionals from a variety of fields and backgrounds. By meeting peers with similar interests, making connections with STEM professionals and learning how to pursue employment and career advancements, students get hands-on experience as they prepare for the future.

The goal of ATLAS is to encourage under-represented groups to investigate careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. WSSC participated in an ATLAS event last year at the University of Maryland, College Park and plans to continue its support of this critical program.

The symposium is scheduled from 10am to 1:15pm at UMES’s Student Services Center in Princess Anne, MD. Registration begins at 9am.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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