LAUREL, MD – February 23, 2017: Working to build the talent pipeline for future engineers, WSSC is celebrating and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and careers during National Engineers Week (February 18-25). With several hands-on programs for local Maryland students, National Engineers Week is the perfect time to engage students in STEM activities to pique their interest in numerous career opportunities.
“From delivering safe drinking water to our customers to returning clean water back to the environment, engineering is at the core of WSSC’s mission,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “My love for math and science drove me to become a civil engineer, and I’m optimistic that WSSC’s extensive involvement in National Engineers week will help guide local students into this amazing field.”
The four-part series of events kicked off in Washington, DC, at “Discovering Engineering Family Day” on Saturday, February 18, at the National Building Museum. Special editions of WSSC’s Sewer Science and Engineering Academy, two of WSSC’s signature education programs, took place on Tuesday, February 21.
The week’s most anticipated event is “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” where WSSC female engineers will host 40 7th to 9th-grade girls for a day of engineering engagement and career storytelling. According to the Department of Education, only eight percent of 9th-grade females intend to pursue a STEM career, compared to 27 percent of their male counterparts. This program, featuring General Manager Reid, will help encourage girls to pursue STEM education and, ultimately, a STEM career.
WHAT: Introduce a Girl to Engineering
WHO: 7th to 9th-grade female students from Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties.
WSSC GM/CEO, WSSC Women Engineers, 40 female students
WHERE: WSSC Headquarters
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.